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08-19-2013 09:30 PM

I finished the second of three shows last night. It was a taxing three day event. I had good sales, got some commissions that I was willing to accept, and received enough praise to make my head swell. To be honest all the praise reinforces just how much people appreciate handworked crafts. Maybe the next time things get a little crazy in the shop, I’ll remember that people buy from big box stores because they must, but they haven’t lost their love for good old fashioned craftsmanship.

On Saturday, a gentleman came to my booth and told me that he and his wife had met me last year. “I waited all year to see you again,” he said. “I just wanted you to know that after talking with you last year, my wife was so inspired that she started taking woodworking classes. I wanted to thank you.” For me the Fair could have ended on that note. It is such a thrill to know that my enthusiasm for woodworking inspired someone else. That is the greatest reward I could ever receive. . . .

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#1 posted 08-19-2013 09:42 PM

Way to go!
That’s great.

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#2 posted 08-19-2013 09:50 PM

“Wooditis” is an infectious disease of wood lovers! Glad to hear you’re doing well and spreading the glee!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 08-19-2013 09:52 PM

Cathy, the quality of your work inspires everyone. Your work is by no means average, it’s truly top notch

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 08-19-2013 09:58 PM

+1 on Gary’s remarks; and I’m so glad you had such a profitable weekend. Not only the sales and commissions but the praise and acknowledgements of your expertise’. You can sleep with a smole on your face as you recover.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#5 posted 08-20-2013 03:38 AM

good to hear your spreading the love! and making some money.

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#6 posted 08-20-2013 04:24 AM

Hahaha. That’s funny, but true. I am doing my best to encourage people to get into the wonderful world of wood.
As long as they don’t want to borrow my tools, the more the merrier….....

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#7 posted 08-20-2013 04:24 AM

Kathy, maybe next time you can offer to be the teacher. Just to get them started. I bet you’d be good at it.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 08-20-2013 04:27 AM

Great story Cathy. It’s always nice to know you have inspired someone.
I suspect for every one you know about there are ten you don’t.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#9 posted 08-20-2013 04:39 AM

Thanks guys. Al, I had an apprentice once. She wanted a rocking chair and I told her that we’d make one together. That experience was fun, but a little scary. I forgot how much I take for granted all the potential risks that exist in a wood shop. On two occasions, she was lucky not to have a piece of wood fly off the saw and result in an injury. Although she wanted to tack another project, I shut that notion down. It was too nerve racking for me to worry every second about injuries, when I’d rather be thinking about construction and design. So no teaching for me.
Paul you have a good point. I hope that is true. Every time that I do a Fair, I spend more time talking about self empowerment than about my own work, which becomes almost secondary. It seems to resonant with people, especially women who leave my booth with a smile. Those smiles are pretty contagious.

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#10 posted 08-20-2013 12:05 PM

Makes ya feel good. That’s gr8 cat

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

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#11 posted 08-20-2013 02:11 PM

That’s wonderful Cathy. Learning how to do something and do it well, is self empowerment. I was once told that I was not only a woodworker but someone who had found his own way to express beauty. Big complement.

On your experience with an apprentice : I’ve never had one, and I’ve never been a teacher, but have been a shop foreman, supervisor and manager. Never had anyone under me get hurt when they were doing as I had told them. However, I was not liable for injuries. My two best experiences were with an ex-con (bank robber) who had never done any woodworking. At some point I stopped saying, “do this and do it this way”. And taught him woodworking, why, why not, and so on, always keeping safety as the number one priority. He became my right hand man, and could do some of the set-ups for large production runs. The other was (ok liable here) teaching a friend who was dying of breast cancer enough about turning to have done something on her bucket list. On that one I really had to work on the taking for granted parts.

My point is that maybe you should take another look at the apprentice thing. You might empower great and positive change in someone’s life.

Really like what I’ve seen of your work, keep it up.

-- Fredj

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