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Mark A. DeCou

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2887 days ago

Hey folks, I was thinking. What if we came up with a listing of the little things and quirks about what makes all of us lumberjocks.

For example:

You know you’re a lumberjock if:
1. You carry three bandaids in your shirt pocket everywhere you go.
2. You sneeze and blow your nose all evening.
3. You can’t decide whether to put a piece of wood in the woodstove, or make something out of it.
4. No matter what you’re wife wants from a store, you say, “don’t buy it, I can make it.”
5. Your wife says, “I know you could make it, but will you make it?

you get the point. I’m sure you have many others that are better, so share them.

thanks,
Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com


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#1 posted 2877 days ago

No. 6: you find your self driving around the block on the way home, secretly looking for big trees you could cut down and build something with.

No. 7: your kids ask you everywhere you go, “could you make that dad?” (kinda cool trait to have, huh!)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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#2 posted 2877 days ago

No. 8: if when you bow your head at the table to pray for the meal with the family, when you open your eyes you find the saw dust that fell off the top of your head into your plate.

No. 9: You love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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scottb

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#3 posted 2830 days ago

No. 10: every time you get a new tool, you re-read through all your back issues of Wood, Fine Woodworking, etc… to check out all those projects you can do now.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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davebrown

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#4 posted 2823 days ago

No. 11: your wife chides you for not wanting to throw any piece of wood away.

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scottb

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#5 posted 2820 days ago

No. 12: You carefully debate (with self) over which pieces of wood from the scrap bin are actually lowly enough to be used for a sacrificial backer board when driling, etc…

No. 13: You remind wife/kids not to burn firewood from one particular half of the woodpile.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 2819 days ago

No. 14: You go to bed at night and find your safety glasses still pearched on your forehead, your tape on your belt and the pencil you lost hiding behind your ear.

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darryl

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#7 posted 2819 days ago

No. 15: you reach into your pocket for keys and pull out a handfull of sawdust along with them.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#8 posted 2818 days ago

Hey jocks, this is starting to get fun now, keep them coming:

No.16: after a day working with power tools in the shop, you hear “crickets” nonstop at night when trying to sleep.

No. 17: old friends call you to brag about the new power tool they just bought. AND:

No. 18: You try to sound truly excited for your friend, but really, you just wish you had the tool they just got. But, you try to sound sincere.

No. 19: You think about a project you could build just so you can use the little piece of purple heart you have on hand.

No. 20: your spouse says to people, “he can just build anything with wood, but he is very electronically challenged.” She means it as a compliment. I think.

No. 21: you quit a good paying, easy job, with a climate controlled environment, with vacation time, 401(K), sick pay, bereavement pay, and a company car, just so you can work hard for 10-12 hours a day, 6 days a week, sweating in a 100 degree shop, smelling sawdust, with no vacations, no retirement, have to work even when you’re sick, make less than minimum wage at times….......just so you can spend more time working with wood.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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scottb

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#9 posted 2818 days ago

Nice one Dennis… that one made me laugh out loud!

No. 22: You were temporarily excited…. then confused when you overheard co-workers (at the office) talk about picking up wireless routers at Best Buy or Circuit City.

No. 23: It’s easier/faster to pick up a new speed square, tape measure, pencil, etc…. next time you go out, than to find yours amid the woodchips and clutter. Even though you “just had it.”

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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darryl

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#10 posted 2818 days ago

No. 24: no matter how many compliments a projects brings, you can always list of the the “problems” that should be fixed, could have been done better, etc…

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scottb

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#11 posted 2812 days ago

No. 25: the (soon to be) forthcoming onslaught of pre-holiday catalogs in the mail only serves to inspire projects you could make better and cheaper (or free) – even though our wives know (and know better than to remind us) that it usually is cheaper to buy them, than to spend the time it would take to really make them right.

No: 26. Christmas time is time to make toys and gifts to give… hoping only to receive new tools (to make more gifts next year!)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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doug

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#12 posted 2811 days ago

No.27 When you have measured and have the piece ready to mark for the cut but find the pencil is always at the other end of the room.

-- doug, Hudson Florida, www. dougandjudy@tampabay.rr.com

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Mark A. DeCou

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#13 posted 2798 days ago

No. 28: You have a whole drawer dedicated for the storing of used orbital sanding paper sheets that are just not used up enough to throw away yet.

I did just throw them all out yesterday! Yea for me!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 2788 days ago

No. 29: The large carpenter square seems to disappear, only minutes after setting it down.

No. 30: Your 24” level seems to have the same kind of characteristics as your square.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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pat sherman

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#15 posted 2788 days ago

#31. when your husband sits in the car and never says a word while i go thu the dumpster at the door factory looking for doors for my woodburning. even tho i have a stack of them at home. you just never KNOW when you need that size you dont have.

-- pat,ohio...http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y198/patshwigar/

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