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Paul

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04-23-2014 05:18 AM

I have a client that I have been working with over the past two weeks. Her father is 93 years old. He used to do metal fabrication and when he retired he and 4 friends opened up a hobby woodworking shop.

I refurbished a plane of his that her daughter gave me as well as a few other things (it’s in another thread I started)

He was so impressed by the refurb job I did on his old plane he asked me if I would like to come to his shop, first thing out of my mouth was “yfhg fufug hdwoqp” “yes please”

If you had 5 woodworkers over 85 years young in the same location at the same time in one shop what would be your most important questions to them collectively.

I’m 100% self taught so this weekend for me is a dream come true.

I am however at a loss for words for this tremendous experience. I will have the opportunity to ask many questions from 5 great furniture makers. What questions would you ask a panel of woodworking professionals in their late 80’s to early 90’s.

Paul


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Marcus

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#1 posted 04-23-2014 12:30 PM

Do you like wheel of fortune?

Is it just me, or is food harder to chew these days?

Do you hate it when young kids get on your lawn too?

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lateralus819

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#2 posted 04-23-2014 01:02 PM

Honestly, just enjoy yourself. My gramps was a woodworker. Love hearing his stories.

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Bullet

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#3 posted 04-23-2014 01:12 PM

When did you lose that finger?

Seriously though – It depends on what your interests are. Maybe see if they have any favorite things they’ve made. And I’d ask how the metalworking background fits with the woodworking.

-- Anything is possible when you have no idea what you're talking about.

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Marcus

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#4 posted 04-23-2014 01:28 PM

Do you think Buick’s are the best cars ever made, or is it just me?

Man, that Betty White is hot, right?

This may be the weirdest post ever. “How do I have a conversation with someone?”

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The Box Whisperer

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#5 posted 04-23-2014 01:39 PM

I would ask to see what ijgs they use, their favorite joinery technique, go to finish, and their favorite wood glue.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 01:43 PM

Other than, as Bullet suggests- to just enjoy yourself, to focus on their long experience through many periods of history. Perhaps in the lines of:
- How does skill evolve and how to maintain skill?
- How have they been able to enjoy ww in all these years. What have kept them on the track?
- Perhaps going into something about how to best pass knowledge on to others..

Good luck!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Wolfdaddy

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#7 posted 04-23-2014 01:43 PM

I would sit down, shut up, and let the old guys tell their stories.

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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longgone

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#8 posted 04-23-2014 03:34 PM

Ask if you can be in the tool will..

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BinghamtonEd

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#9 posted 04-23-2014 03:44 PM

Ask them their opinions on SawStop and watch them bicker for 5 hours.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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waho6o9

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#10 posted 04-23-2014 03:48 PM

Opportunities like this don’t happen to often enjoy your

time with them and have some fun.

You might learn a thing or two….

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WhoMe

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#11 posted 04-23-2014 03:53 PM

I would surely enjoy myself.
Ask about their favorite project and why it is their favorite. Ask which one they hated the most and why.
Make sure to ask to come back sometime.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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mahdee

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#12 posted 04-23-2014 04:04 PM

I wouldn’t ask any questions unless it comes up during normal interactions. Rather, I would just listen. To be liked by 5 eighty years old’s first you have to be yourself; if they can’t spot a fake by now, they are not worth listening to.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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Kelly

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#13 posted 04-23-2014 04:07 PM

To many, I’m the fossil. That said, differing experiences make us all pretty equal. For example, I have a kid (he’s fifty something) whose been dropping by more and more of late and, while I know my equipment a lot better than him, not a day goes by he doesn’t teach me something new or remind me he has a lot of good information to offer.

For a lot of us, it’s just damn nice finding others interested in making big pieces of wood into piles of sawdust. So enjoy and be enjoying.

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Shawn Masterson

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#14 posted 04-23-2014 04:20 PM

If it were me I would just listen. There are no wrong ?’s.

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#15 posted 04-23-2014 04:27 PM

Where is the beer?

-- Bert

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