I am astounded, flabbergasted, amazed and completely impressed. I joined LJ’s only a few days ago and within hours my mailbox started overflowing with welcome notes. They still keep trickling in. This is representative of the kind of woodworker I know; a friendly passionate guy (or girl) who likes nothing more than to talk about wood and his craft, who is more than happy to share the knowledge he has. That is a real woodworker in my mind and a real woodworker is also a humble woodworker. Because I believe this wonderful craft/art that we practice will keep the true woodworker humble. How can one not be humble when working with this incredible organic material we call wood? How can one ever know everything there is to know about our craft and the various disciplines in it?
In stark contrast to this overwhelming response is my experience with THAT other woodworking site. (To stay on the safe side, I will not mention any names). I have been a member for many months and not once did a single person welcome me. I started thinking it could be politically inspired!
Can anyone explain it? Well, I WAS a member there. As one LJ put it: “Welcome home”. That is exactly how I feel. Many dust collector bags full of thank you’s to all the LJ’s who has so warmly welcomed me.
Whilst I’m singing praise, congratulations to Martin Sojka and the guys behind the screens. I’m no website guru but I think the LJ site is extremely well designed and very user friendly. Exactly what a techno impaired woodworker like myself needs.
Yours in sawdust, Lumber jocks
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."