|Forum topic by Russel||posted 08-13-2009 12:19 PM||1556 views||0 times favorited||27 replies|
08-13-2009 12:19 PM
In my old email, I have a message welcoming me to LumberJocks dated August 13, 2007. That means that today marks two years that I’ve been hanging around here. In that time a lot has happened.
First, the number of people here has exploded. I once counted how many people were registered with LumberJock when I joined. I determined that there were 1,340 people making me LumberJock 1341 which I’ve noted on my profile as LJR# or LumberJocks Registration Number. Since that time, over 10,000 people have joined LumberJocks.
Wow, that’s a bunch. And, it makes it a different place; still addicting as ever, but even more diverse.
Second, I’ve encounted numerous people that are helpful, encouraging and downright nice. Having wandered the web for quite some time I can say without hesitation that the LumberJocks community is a shining example of what can go right when people get together.
However, the most important thing that has changed is me and my woodworking. Early on in my time here I posted a music stand … this one:
At the time I was rather pleased with myself and received a bunch of encouragement from the folks here. However, looking back, I can clearly see that it was obviously flawed in many ways. First, the feet are a tad, well, wrong. Eventually, they came to be known as “rocketship” feet because they have an Abbot and Costello Go To the Moon feel. There are also some balance issues among others.
Still, it was where my skill and knowledge were at the time.
Then by associating with LumberJocks and seeing the projects posted and reading the blogs, I learned a few more skills, experienced different styles and began to understand the value of the annoying stuff (like sanding) and I can honestly say that I’ve improved.
Now I am much more likely to produce something along these lines:
Which, to my eye, is worlds better. But, it’s only better because I now know things I didn’t know before. And I know them because of my time here on LumberJocks. Because I have been encouraged and gently pushed in the right direction as much from example as anything else.
So, today is two years and it is clear that I have benefitted by being here. What more can be said other than Thank you.
-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com