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02-29-2012 11:20 PM

A1Jim posted this topic on here and because of what I posted on his topic, it got me thinking, this: What Inspires You. Well I’d like to know, and I think this will be interesting topic. Lets get to know one another. Here is my 2-cents:
This cabinet that resides in my shop, was made by my Uncle Herman for me, on my 18th b-day, back in, well, a while back.. As I walk into my shop, this is the 1st thing I see, so, for me, he is with me and inspires me to have fun everytime I am in the shop. That’s my story, and I’m stickin to it.. :)
The LP cabinet…........... yes, LP I’m old

and a closeup of the inlay (sorry, it’s not that good of a pic)

Thnx for your looks and your inputs.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 11:39 PM

heck, I’ve been inspired since back in the 1950’s when I would be around my Dad and Uncle while they were building pirogues (a pirogue is a Cajun Yacht…in case you yankees didn’t know) in mt Dad’s garage. I remember the schmell of the wood and the fun and excitement I had as they would show me and teach me how to work with hand tools and let me work on parts of the pirogue that they felt safe enough to do. I remember the first time we went duck hunting in that pirogue and felt proud that I had helped build it. That inspiration has never left.

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 11:50 PM

Lot’s of things inspire me… My dad, my step dad, men (and women) I’ve known that could take a nondescript piece of anything and make something beautiful to behold.
Just walking through the woods and identifying different trees with my ex father in law. He could name any tree that grew in Southern Indiana or Northern Kentucky just by the smell and feel.
Old Western Movies as I posted about awhile back here
And more….. a lot of which is just a bit difficult to quantify.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 02-29-2012 11:51 PM

Hi Greg. I never know where my inspiration will come from. If I see something I think is interesting I am willing to give it try, but I never know beforehand what that will be or why I will like it. I tend to like projects where I will learn something new.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 03-01-2012 12:19 AM

Yes, not only my Uncle Herm is an inspiration to me, but, many, many others. I get inspired everyday on this site by all you fine artisans out there, men, women, and some o these young-ens that are “gittin-er-done” here

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 03-01-2012 01:16 AM

I am inspired by all the Autodidacts out there….PLEASE do not ask me what it means…..look it up….!!
It will be your first step to becoming one…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 03-01-2012 02:00 AM

I’m inspired buy all the talent here on Ljs folks like Larry(degoose) that keeps inventing new products and new ways to make them and can seemingly crank them out in his sleep.I’m also inspired by the new woodworker that keeps learning and growing in knowledge and skill like Dennis (teenagewoodworker) who the first time I saw him was giving a tour of his basement shop with what looked like fairly basic tools who now makes high end quality pieces that I would be proud to say I’d made after all these years in the business ,and young guys like Michael Frey (delta356) who’s started his woodworking business early so when he graduates high school he’s already running a going woodworking business.
On the other end of the scale I’m inspired by a true master woodworker Charles Neil who shares his unique and simplified version of making high end furniture with the next generation and all who emails for help. There are many others that show and share what they know here on LJs ,a list way to long to post here.

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#7 posted 03-01-2012 02:51 AM

The woodworking community and nice people I find here.
People like you Roger and the nice folks above me and the future ones that will post below me.

Now give me that Milwaukee hammer drill under your record desk.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 03-01-2012 02:59 AM

My answer is short and sweet …..... All the LJs showing their projects, helping others and good humor.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#9 posted 03-01-2012 03:47 AM

I get my inspiration (and my continuing education) from all the great woodworkers who call Lumberjocks home. If it weren’t for all of you I’d still be screwing dimensional lumber together with drywall screws and calling it woodworking. Thanks!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 03-01-2012 04:04 AM

gfadvm thats not woodworking? crap! I have been doing it that way for years…;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 03-01-2012 04:05 AM

Degoose inspire me for cutting boards!
Doriel inspires me for toys.
Dick Wilson, my mentor, inspires me for turning.
Bob Collins inspires me for hollow forms and carving on them.
Shipwright inspires me for hinges.
Britbomaker inspires me for cool box designs.

Etc etc etc…...........Too numerous to mention. But I love to learn from others and hope I spark some interest in the stuff I create…...................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 03-01-2012 04:15 AM

One of my main inspirations or first ones….(and of course I have only been at this for under 2 years…so a newbie at, but when I saw Dick Proenekke from the film “Alone in the Wilderness” build his cabin and everything needed that was a moment that clicked a fire in me. I had never did anything before working wood….ever.

The film helped bring out in me something that I can honestly say…friends and family were kinda shocked…as was I….lol I was in no way a lumberjock, builder….whatever…and the things on my projects page if you would have shown me them back then I would have loved them but laughed if you said I even played a small role in creating them….really.

I have never been taught or shown more than very basics of holding/moving a saw…..and the rest is all Roy Underhill….his whole philosophy just was exactly what keeps me fired up and wanting to continue tinkering and learning. But…’s ironic and of interest that I lived in a real Log Cabin built from Red Oak for the first 17 years of my 40 year life!, so I guess what goes around…..comes around….lol. During that time….a lot of drums, guitar and music….never a sawyer what so ever….lol

Lastly and most definitely the LJ’s here….this is a continied source of ongoing inpiration that keeps me wanting to try new things.

Thanks for the post Roger….this post is an inspiration…..glad you enjoyed the tune as well!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#13 posted 03-01-2012 04:47 AM

I am inspired by the many cool projects I see on LJ.

I also look for inspiration through home catalogs and online galeries.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 03-01-2012 12:03 PM

very interesting everyone. thnx for the inputs. and, superd: lol, that’s my tool of mass destruction, the ever-famous Milwaukee Sawzall, and, no, ya can’t have it either… hahaha I’d let ya borra it tho

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 03-01-2012 01:48 PM

I’m inspired by my father-in-law. He was raised in the hills of SE Ohio where his formal education ended after 8th grade. Yet, he taught himself to build houses and he built many with virtually no sub-contractors, except where code required a licensed electrician or plumber.

He built houses based on the floor plans from the calenders he got from the lumber yard each year (no blueprints) and they were great houses. He was the first in the area to use 6” walls for more insulation.

His home is filled with furniture he built (without using any plans).

He once needed a lathe to make some spindles for a bed – so he built one.

We just celebrated his 90th birthday.

Note – Picture is of him with his sister. He has outlived 3 wives.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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