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cathyb

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268 days ago

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There are woodworkers on this site that have amazing skills. In all honesty, in my lifetime I will never share that level of talent. Over the years, I have been surprised, amazed and gratified to see that the artisan spirit is alive and well. At the same time there have been some artists that have not just amazed me, but inspired me. In that I mean motivated me to push myself harder. Those guys are Benji and Andy from Andy’s Art Boxes. Benji because I have never seen anything in life that takes my breath away like his work does. Maybe that’s because I started as a carver and I know how much your own spirit is chiseled into the work.
Andy because I have never been that fond of boxes. I get that they are functional, but I don’t own one that I haven’t made. I never would have made a single box if Andy hadn’t shared his boxes on this site. They aren’t boxes to me. They are a work of art in the form of a box. Wow, they are superb.

To all my other buddies, please don’t feel slighted. I love your work, which is why you are my buddy, but it doesn’t move me in a whole new direction.

Who inspires you?

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com


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andyboy

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#1 posted 268 days ago

George Nakashima, Brian Hubel, Jagues Rulman to name a few.
I like the blog,
Cool
Andy.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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cathyb

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#2 posted 268 days ago

I met Mira Nakashima this summer at my husband’s Harvard reunion. She gave a presentation about her father and shared stories of how his business and legacy began. She wrote a book, “Nature Form and Spirit. The life and legacy of George Nakashima” Of course, I bought a copy. It is really cool. I spent one of the luncheons talking to her. Honestly, I don’t remember the rest of the reunion. I was over the moon that a wood person was in my presence. That was an inspiring experience. I couldn’t wait to get back to the shop….....

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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mmh

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#3 posted 268 days ago

Sam Maloof, Wendell Castle, Antoni Gaudí, Mother Nature

-- "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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Blackie_

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#4 posted 268 days ago

Cathy, I have to agree, it it weren’t for this site and those that are willing to help, I wouldn’t be where I am today, in just the short period of my woodworking adventure I’ve come a long way and it’s the comments that I receive that inspire me.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 268 days ago

Cathy,

Those are my first two choices. Greg the Cajun Box Sculptor, Cathyb’s horses and Andyboy has pushed my buttons in his videos. Andy is a Picaso or Miro of contemporary box evolution. James Krenov is my first inspired builder. And there are a number of chair builders Such as Makpiece?

And Randy is the most developed I’ve seen since he started doing boxes.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 268 days ago

I forgot…Woodbridge does some outta sight chairs!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 268 days ago

George Nakashima. He is my idol. From there, there’s several individuals here that I watch their work closely. I like any individual who shows imagination. Benji is incredible. I don’t plan to copy his work. However, his work makes me want to find a new look in my own work. If I can look at a posting and know who made it without looking, that’s special. Benji, jeffro, lydia, maria, andy, greg and a few others. To me that’s more than woodworking, that’s artistry. Sometimes I hate to name names because I inevitably leave some out. Let’s not forget trifern, shipwright and several Australians.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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cathyb

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#8 posted 268 days ago

I am nodding my head at everyone’s choices. If I had to add another for me personally it would be Chippendale.We have a Chippendale table with ball-in-claw feet and beautiful carving on the legs. In addition we have a set of six Chippendale chairs. We bought these pieces about forty years ago. In my evolution as a woodworker, I have been inspired by those incredible pieces every day. I have carved ball-in-claw feet several times, which only increased my amazement of the skill that came out of that shop with hand tools. I never could capture the beautiful detail in his feet, which makes me smile. He was really a master. It inspires me even more to keep working at it. ....

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 268 days ago

Not that I have really moved forward very rapidly, but Roy Underhill and John Noll

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

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Dexter1221

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#10 posted 268 days ago

I agree with Topamax Survivor, John Noll

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vonhagen

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#11 posted 268 days ago

Cathy you are an inspiration to all, you do world class work and your insight to design is top shelf. You have done work for the smithsonian, your horse, and your arts and crafts or mission style with a koa instead of traditional look would down wright make stickily rethink the use of exotics. Your chairs are a true vision of what i would want to sit in and there is no doubt in my mind you have mastered the art of woodworking. me, i let andy down and a few other people in sapulpa ok due to my heath, i just can’t work 7 days a week at long hours anymore but i did lay a nice foundation for what is to be there. most men have egos the size of texas and would never bow down to a woman in this field of work but Cathy you are an exception to this redneck rule and i look up to you as an inspiration.
Blaine

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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shipwright

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#12 posted 268 days ago

This guy. http://lumberjocks.com/Patricelejeune

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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cathyb

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#13 posted 268 days ago

Blaine, I’m still “in training”. Someday I might be pretty good though…...
Paul, Patrice does amazing work, but so do you and I bet he considers you his equal.

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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lumberjoe

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#14 posted 267 days ago

I’m building my basic skills before I attempt anything more advanced, but there are three people (two are fairly active here) that inspire my work, methods, and goals more than any other

Paul Miller

Patrice Lejuene

Patrick Edwards

I really hope to attend some classes at The american school of french marquetry in the near future.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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rustfever

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#15 posted 267 days ago

I must agree in some manner with the all of those listed above as being an ‘Inspiration”.

However, I cannot name a single person as that Woodworking ‘Idol’ or ‘Inspiration’. There have been so many people that have given me leadership, motivation, courage, and yes,inspiration to learn a new skill or try a different technique. Many have given me ideas that I re-think and modify to become a different end product.

So I guess, I will have to list everyone, as everyone brings something to motivate or inspire me to try new or create something greater.
Ira

-- Rustfever, Central California

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