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07-09-2008 02:08 PM

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Why do you love woodworking? What is it that keeps you interested?

I enjoy the technical challenges, and making something that will last for generations, and is useful.

-- Have a blessed day!

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Greg Wurst

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#1 posted 07-09-2008 02:30 PM

I’m a network manager for a school district and if I do my job well nobody knows I exist. It’s nice to physically make something and say “I did this” and have something to point to.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#2 posted 07-09-2008 02:39 PM

I do it for the fame, money and chicks, of course.

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#3 posted 07-09-2008 03:01 PM

I have to totally agree with Eric … It’s the fame.

I’m a straight line kind of guy, so most fine art is out. Straight lines with wood … I’m a happy camper. It’s the sawdust in the morning …....

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#4 posted 07-09-2008 03:04 PM

I agree with Eric lol

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#5 posted 07-09-2008 03:33 PM

Gee, Eric- I have all that! ;>)

I am sort of in Greg’s situation. Worked in computers and electronics all my life. You can toil all day but when you go home there is little tangible evidence that you even existed. Maybe it’s ego but woodworking verifies your existence. It says- “Look, I made this!”


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 07-09-2008 03:37 PM

I like making stuff, though the whole chick angle sounds pretty good too.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 07-09-2008 08:02 PM

I must be doing it wrong, no money, fame or chicks. I do it to detox from my job as a corrections supervisor and for the feeling you get from the journey through each step to completion.

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#8 posted 07-09-2008 08:12 PM

When I gave up cigars and women over 70, I had to do something.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 07-09-2008 09:51 PM

With my present occupation, everything that I design, build or install will be trashed in twenty years or less; technology is constantly evolving and older generations are being left in the dust. One of the things that attracts me to woodworking, is the fact that I can build something that could potentially last 300 years or more. It is one of the best chances that I have of leaving something of value behind – my legacy, I guess…

-- Festool4

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#10 posted 07-09-2008 10:06 PM

cause powertools are KEWL…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 07-09-2008 10:19 PM

Because I put my fishing pole in the shop and can’t find it anymore.

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#12 posted 07-09-2008 10:20 PM

my wife thinks im a freak woodworking is simple i love the feel of wood it so tactile and to to produce something from nothing but a peice of wood is just the best feeling in the world i just wish i was close to some of what you guys put on here….....

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#13 posted 07-10-2008 01:30 AM

For me it is the opportunity to get away from all the hassles of the day. The sounds of the power tool or hand tools working the wood to me are like Calgon to a lady in a bath tub. I also need the time away from my wife when she is getting on my nerves: that why I call my garage my break room!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#14 posted 07-10-2008 03:06 AM

I enjoy working on something that others will trully appreciate and can use all the time. I also agree with Eric and PurpLev…. :)...

-- Steve-o

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#15 posted 07-10-2008 03:41 AM

It has given us a lot of solid walnut furniture that we probably would have a hard time affording to buy. Someday I will post pictures. My “chick” (wife of 48 years) loves the stuff, she does a lot of sewing on a fancy machine.

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