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Forum topic by Willie1031 posted 06-18-2011 01:05 AM 941 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Willie1031

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06-18-2011 01:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: humor question resource cherry

Since I have moved to a new town, picked woodworking back up, and got back from overseas I have started hunting for the honey hole wood shops. Everyone I talk to says go to El Paso. That’s 90 miles away and soul crushing. So, I went to give my wife a kiss at work and saw a woodworking shop across the street (what luck).

I went in there and this fella is amazing. He drops his owns trees and makes beds, coffee tables, and many more things. He’s very good. I told him I was planning on making a cutting board and wanted to try different woods. Some woods like walnut or maple…then I blurted out Cherry. He says that he just happens to have a piece. My jaw dropped. He brought out a piece that was about 3’ X 2’. He said I could have it. I felt very unworthy because he’s so good, and I’m beginning again, so I didn’t take it.

I guess I’m just venting that there is nothing here and I turned down a golden oppurtunity. Should I have taken the piece of Cherry? It was so weathered and beautiful. I’ll be dreaming about it tonight.

Any suggestions?

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain


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KBX500

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#1 posted 06-18-2011 02:07 AM

Well…yeah you should have taken it. And that was a golden opportunity, but I see that opportunity as still being there. Go back in and talk to him again.

I’m in sort of the same situation as yourself in that I’ve been involved with woodworking off and on for decades and am getting back to it again, now. If it was me I’d go back and tell him I’d take that cherry if he’d let me help him somehow as payment. Might be a win-win for both of you. Woodworking buddies aren’t the easiest thing to find, and who couldn’t use a friend in the business ? Think of all the hard-earned knowledge he possesses and may be willing to share.

Keith

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#2 posted 06-18-2011 03:09 AM

Willie, you probably should have taken the cherry. In NM cherry is pretty hard to come by but if you were back home in Kentucky a piece like this would probably run about $10 to $12. But the gesture was more important than the actual cost of the wood itself. This would be a good piece to get started on and far better than you can find in a big box store. The only downside I can see to taking the wood is that you may end up with a cherry addiction. It is not for everyone but it is my favorite wood to work with.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Willie1031

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#3 posted 06-18-2011 05:56 PM

Thanks fellas…I’m getting the courage up to go talk to him today. I just want to make him not regret giving it to me.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#4 posted 06-18-2011 08:35 PM

Willie, you didn’t mention anything about price in the post…was he giving it to you for free or not? if so offer him something to make your self feel a little bit better. Also see if you can ask him about any wood suppliers he might know because something would make me guess that he sometimes likes/wants/has to use things that aren’t available in his backyard.

My thoughts are always that someone wouldn’t have offered something to you if they didn’t want to.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#5 posted 06-18-2011 09:27 PM

Be grateful and take the wood! Invite him to Lumberjocks! Grab a broom and tell him you are making a special project out of wooddust, but only that which falls on floors. Invite him and his family over to dinner for a homecooked meal. Find out what he likes to drink and always show up with one of those in hand when you come calling.

Royal

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#6 posted 06-18-2011 11:19 PM

Hmmm…...part of the gratitude I get out of woodworking is being able to help another woodworker out. Hope you didn’t hurt his feelings too bad by refusing his gift.

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#7 posted 06-19-2011 01:10 AM

Ben, he was just offering it but I didn’t want him to think I was just there to see if he had any scrap. RS, you’re right, I’ll offer him something in return. Perhaps I’ll make him something for his shop. Ron, I sure hope I didn’t hurt his feeling too. He is a super nice guy. I’m going to go back there next week. I’m taking money with me, this time.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#8 posted 06-19-2011 06:35 AM

Just rememeber that offering money does not a friendship make. Gratitude is worth far more than mere money …. well all within reason of course.

Royal

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#9 posted 06-20-2011 09:51 PM

That’s a good point rsdowdy. I’m thinking about making him something, in return.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#10 posted 06-20-2011 11:42 PM

Perfect!!!

Royal

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#11 posted 06-25-2011 11:28 PM

Ok guys, so I summoned up the courage and went back today. As soon as I walked in he says “you forgot something when you left last time.” He gave me the cherry and threw in a nice piece of walnut. I’m going to make him something for sure. What a nice guy.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#12 posted 06-25-2011 11:56 PM

See. Way cool. Thank you for sharing with us Willie.

Royal

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#13 posted 06-26-2011 10:51 AM

:-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 06-26-2011 10:09 PM

I wanted to cut them up last night but I’m in the middle of a table right now. Thanks for the advice RS. Yes, Topamax, that’s what I did.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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