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08-16-2013 06:43 PM

For the few buddies I have on this forum. This is what I did this summer.

I reflected on past and recent projects.

I went fly fishing in the remote mountains of BC with my daughter and we went salmon fishing off the coast of Vancouver island.

I did some landscaping, found some old junk and made a birdhouse, cut an old stump off and did some gardening

I found and dug out rocks to make stone fencing

I watched the deer play in the evening on long walks down country roads

I admired the birds

I went for long swims with my dogs

I enjoyed the rain and the thunderstorms that came and left

I reflected on how fortunate I am, on what a good life I’ve had, and I watched the sun rise and set everyday

Thanks for looking

Hope you all had a great summer

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#1 posted 08-16-2013 06:47 PM

Great pics… Living the dream :) Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 08-16-2013 06:52 PM

For a MORON you did just great :)))) Wife and I were in Denmark/Norway and did not take as good pic as you.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#3 posted 08-16-2013 06:53 PM

Oh so long ago, in my early 20’s, supporting a wife and 2 toddlers, living in a small downtown crappy apartment with no car, no fridge, no stove and putting myself through school, at the time, seemed like a struggle that would never end.

Thinking back, they were the best times of my life.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 08-16-2013 06:57 PM

Thanks Madts

never been across the big pond yet : (

I’m off again to the interior of Vancouver Island to do some fishing, some hiking, some surfing, and most importantly, to walk my daughter down the isle, and give her hand away in marriage : ))))

No phone, no internet, ….yaaaaa baby

Take care folks

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 08-16-2013 07:16 PM

good stuff.. hope you get some waves..

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#6 posted 08-16-2013 07:18 PM

waves r guaranteed

we have a wake surf boat : )) in the event the waves don’t come

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 08-16-2013 07:54 PM

About a month ago, i visited a Farmers Market in a small town, met some really friendly folks and many invited me to set up a table with them. I thought, “my carvings in a farmers mkt? Surely you jest!?” Then I thought, “What can I lose? I can continue to get some of the best tasting peaches and garden fresh veggies and Oh, the water melons!” So for $25, I signed up for a table for the year and started showing my stuff and demoing some of my carvings. The first two weeks, I sold nothing, but a lot of visitors said they’d be back. And I thought to myself, “Sure!” Well, sure enough, during the past weeks, two who said would come back, called me and came by my studio and bought over $500 worth of my work!
What happened did make me rethink what i’ve been doing, which was going to woodcarving shows in the surrounding states winning blue, red and white ribbons’ with which I pinned them on the wall next to my pianbo; won a Best of Show and Carver of the Year, 20012 – but did not sell a single piece to help pay for the thousands I spent going to these shows.
Away from woodcarving shows, two people who saw my walking cane – (Liberty Stick) at a medical lab waiting room, the other at a hearing aid store – (Trout Stream) bought over $6,000 of my carvings!
I am not saying that going to carving shows were mistakes – definitely not. They taught me a lot, including humility and perspective; made some friends I wouldn’t have otherwise. I thought that if I had a continuing mentor from the time I was first introduced to carving as a teenager, and kept up carving through the years, how much better could I be now? I now really want to find and encourage youngsters to be inspired to start carving. I would help them and be their mentor for as long as they need me. That gives me a whole new outlook and purpose in life. Maybe, just maybe . . .
Summer isn’t over yet, Moron, and I am still enjoying, looking for and finding interesting projects. Oh yes, I built two raised gardens and planted some Black Diamond Water Melon seeds. Most of them have sprouted. I am looking forward to harvesting some Black Diamonds in Oct! I too know that as you are, I am very blessed! Thank you for a chance to think out loud!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#8 posted 08-16-2013 08:51 PM

I wish I could say that I was able to do as much!

Can I ask what state do you live in?

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#9 posted 08-16-2013 09:16 PM

Well done Buddy ! Fun read. Good posting. Canada is beautiful place indeed.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 08-16-2013 09:37 PM

Great photos Moron, I hope you haven’t made a cutting board for your daughter’s wedding gift!

Another couple of years and I hope I’ll have some me time, ‘til then, it’s grind on, pecker up.

I might even make me one of them fancy Adirondack chairs, with a beer holder.

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#11 posted 08-16-2013 10:04 PM

Moron, isn’t life great? You betcha!

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#12 posted 08-16-2013 10:15 PM

I had a great summer as well.
But I must say, that I think you beat me in the beautiful scenery department.
Thanks for sharing your great photos.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#13 posted 08-16-2013 10:23 PM

Your fotos exepct the fishing and mountains in the background looked so familiar. The sun rise/set pic must be quite fresh. There is a litlebit of the biting coldnes you fear and wish not yet to feel. Very nice pictures.

-- Oisko aika oppia uutta? Go ahead and learn some Finnish at

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#14 posted 08-17-2013 02:05 AM

Moron, I’m gonna be in your neck of the woods come October. Hope to see some of the same type areas of your fantastic photos.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#15 posted 08-17-2013 02:36 AM

I worked and griped about the heat. You had a better summer for sure.

On a side note: A blond willing to hold up a big fish. All kinds of sexy.

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