April's Fine Woodworking features articles by Gregory Paolini, Michael
Fortune, Harold Greene, Philip Lowe, Peter Gerdy and Doug Stowe. Aside
from woodworking, all six have something in common. They all wear
goatees. Did I miss the memo? Why is a mid-90s facial hair
configuration suddenly raging through the woodworking community?
Editor's Note: The author is clean-shaven (usually)
Probably just hipsters from the artistic end of woodworking trying to
I have a 'stache, but I have had that for 30 years.
I shaved of his lower counterpart when it became so white it looked
like whipped cream on my chin.
LOL ... now I know what the subconscious impulse was!
The last time I was without one was when I got out of the service in '72.
SWMBO, after 24 years of marriage, has never seen me without a 'stache; and
Mom has never seen my father without his, and they've been married for 66
Mine still has a black streak, sort of a reverse skunk look to it ... well,
until recently and if the light's right. Besides, a goatee cuts back on the
shaving time, if nothing else.
Three years back, when I went to England for oldest daughter's wedding, I
was a touch nervous about my goatee due to my ex FIL, who was anti
beard/mustache when I was courting his daughter in the 60's. Lo and behold,
at the age of 87, there he was, sporting a goatee that put mine to shame ...
so it's not just us young guys who are doing it. :)
True, but...I'm trying to recall when I grew mine. Either '64 or '65.
I've been without maybe three times since, usually long enough to take
a good look in the mirror and realize I need to cover as much of my
face as I can. It's mostly white now, which is funny, because my hair
is still salt and pepper.
On Sat, 23 Feb 2008 11:51:21 -0800 (PST), " email@example.com"
I grew a beard when I got out of the Army in '68... haven't found a reason to
Am I in fashion now??
Can I get a modeling job, maybe for Dust-bee-gone?
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I've been thru various stages: hair down my back w/ full beard to
shaven head and no facial hair. I found no hair at all makes
woodworking cleanup easier and can make a better good seal with my
dust respirator mask. I hate shaving or fussing with a goatee,
By age thirty I realized that "full head of hair"
wasn't in the cards for me, If I wanted to be
able to know when I was "going gray" I'd need
an alternative to tell of my impending "metal
phase of life " (silver hair, gold teeth and lead
butt), a mustache would do it, but just a
mustache didn't look right to me - on me. A
full beard raised the equivalent lady's question
"do these pants make my butt look big" - but
in a male facial context - does this beard make
my face look fat?
The obvious compromise was to add a goatee
to the mustache. So as the top and sides of
my head began losing the Follicle Battle, the
mustache and goatee provided a "gray hair"
Then one day I fell asleep in the "barber chair".
My "barber" was a little Russian lady at Super
Cuts. I awoke to here gleefully saying "You
look JUST LIKE - Lenin!" Even half awake, I
knew I looked nothing like John Lennon. And
when I realized it was THE Lenin, after whom
Leningrad was named - I began shaving my
head - but kept the stache and goatee.
After four or five years I shaved them both
off - only to discover I seemed to have no upper
lip - or chin. Kept being startled when I'd
see a stranger out of the corner of my eye
and wondering how he got in my house - only
then realizing it was my reflection in a mirror.
window of picture frame.
Now I'm thinking - if my eyebrowse keep getting
longer - maybe the mustache and goatee can
go - and I can go with the Fu Manchu eyebrowse
look - or maybe the Pirates of the Caribbean
braded thing! Hmmm - a change to look foreward
to . . .
Certainly a product of the women's movement. I remember when that
harassment angle was the rage with the ones without franks and beans.
I always thought that odd coming from a group that shaves their legs
so no one will know how hairy they are, ones that wear lipstick to
make their lips more appealing, powder on their faces to hide their
facial flaws, dye their hair to the color they want, wear padded bras
for better shape, plastic fingernails to make their hands more
attractive, punch holes in their ears to hang decorations from, etc.
A friend of mine in Oz refers to that as her 'war paint'.
They do that for 'US', dontcha know?
( There's a joke making the rounds on the Net which states that we
drink to make them more appealing.)
But Robert, the alternative... hairy girls..armpits 'n'stuff...isn't
really all that appealing.
A bikini without a wax? *shudder*
I have a several ladies that I am good friends with that are in really
conservative and work in a very buttoned down environment.
When I have seen them all decked out for a big meeting, I always
know. They are in what I call "full battle gear".
One of the variants of looking at them through beer goggles, no doubt!
I remember the 70s and mid 80s while strategic trimming was done, the
lawn (carpet grass?) went wildly unchecked.
Then somewhere along the early-mid 80s I ran into a girl that told me
that "a well tended garden was fun to work in".
She supplied the proof! Boy was she right!
She was ahead (ahem...) of her time.
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