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Blog entry by trifern posted 09-05-2008 02:25 PM 1701 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just received news last night that I have been accepted into the “Fall into the Arts” show to be held in early October. I am flattered to be included in a juried art show. I have never shown or sold my work before. I have donated pieces for charity auctions and given away pieces as gifts.

I need help from my fellow Lumberjocks. I need to select 2 pieces to be entered for judging. Any suggestions on which of my pieces might show best would be greatly appreciated. I also welcome all suggestions on booth set-up or any other tips for the big day. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#1 posted 09-05-2008 02:31 PM

Wow Joe, thats great. That black bowl I would definately show, and that last big one you made that was about 11 inches across and 5” high. That was beautiful. I’ll take another look at all your bowls, maybe I’ll change my mind you’ve made so many great looking bowls.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 09-05-2008 02:32 PM

Wow! Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!

So many nice pieces that’s it hard to choose but if I was forced to make a decision on only two I’d choose Tree Wart and Final Exam.

Inside Rhapsody and Blissful Knot (though you might have a problem getting it away from your niece) would be my next choices.

Once again, congrats! Looking forward to hearing and seeing how this unfolds. Good luck!

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#3 posted 09-05-2008 02:45 PM

I changed my mind you have to put blood brother in there if you still have it. I like the first black bowl better than the second. I’m telling you after looking through your gallery I’m not a bit suprised someone didn’t want to show them. They are all excellent turnings Joe, I don’t even feel qualified to help you out. Just my humble support. Best of Luck my friend. God Bless.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 09-05-2008 03:06 PM

ooooh, CONGRATULATIONS!! that is awesome.

I would definitely put Tree Wart to show as it has a very figured wood, AND it has the natural edges as well – very unique and eye catching.

Now as for setting up a stand – I saw someone once setup a stand for small boxes – they had a showing of the wood in the steps from it being natural wood (blanks) to it being milled for work, and so on and so forth – it wasn’t much, but it gave you the idea of what goes on to create those end products – pretty cool, and adds an edge of interest to the booth and the items you’re presenting by “showing their past”...

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 09-05-2008 03:29 PM

Tree Wart, Blissful Knot.

Put everything else you can still get your hands on in the booth. Pictures of the stuff you can’t.
Good luck (though I doubt you’ll need luck),

-- Jim

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Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 09-05-2008 04:45 PM

Congratulations! All your pieces are very nice. I would always go with the ones that you like the best. Good Luck.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 09-05-2008 04:53 PM

All your work is awesome, but the 2 that just jump out at me is Circle of life (enclude the story) and Blood Brother.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#8 posted 09-05-2008 05:01 PM

Wow, Joe! Congratulations!

The problem I have is that I can’t narrow all your work down to just two favorites… I like’em ALL!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Mark Shymanski

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#9 posted 09-05-2008 06:29 PM

That is great news, I wish you great success.

I really like all your posted projects and I think “Tiger and Blood Brother” are the two that I like best, but you’ve got such a range of products that it is really hard to recommend which ones you should show…

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 09-05-2008 10:11 PM

its hard to chose from so many pieces. i really like blood brother and storm front.

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#11 posted 09-06-2008 12:12 AM

tree wart and squatty and good luck.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#12 posted 09-06-2008 01:19 AM

Joe, they’re all such great pieces I won’t be surprised if they all get mentioned here. For showing, I like Storm Front, Tree Wart, Tiger Caspi.

Good luck…and let us know how this unfolds.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#13 posted 09-06-2008 02:01 AM

Wow Joe, Congrats.
I don’t remember ever seeing anything you posted that couldn’t be in a judged contest. But my favorites might be the spalted maple piece you posted last and Storm Front. Then again either Tigre Caspi or Bloodwood piece or Drifter or A Flame, etc, etc, etc,
They are all winners.
Good luck, but no gettin “upitty” on us.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#14 posted 09-06-2008 02:15 AM

Excellent !!

I like storm front and blood brother.

Another tip – do some research into the folks who are doing the actual judging. See if you can find out what they like and pick the appropriate piece. Also include a little story with each piece . . . it will help people connect.

My $0.02

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#15 posted 09-06-2008 02:38 AM

Inside Rhapsody and tree wart…..good luck

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