Lee Valley gift certificate is the thing to have, eh? Boy, have I got a
deal for you guys!
We're having a contest now. The contest has two parts and two winners.
The PRIZE for each winner is a $10 LEE VALLEY GIFT CERTIFICATE to be
delivered via email.
It's a short essay contest and the winners are decided based purely on
which essays I like best. I'll tell you now that I like funny essays,
as long as they are not mean.
You can do one or both parts. The winning essays will be posted on the
web page. If you would like me to include your name and /or a link to
your own site with it, I will do so. Entirely your choice.
The word counts are guidelines. No need to be exact. I just want a
couple of short paragraphs for each part. Each of the sample pages I
showed you earlier contain an example of what I'm after here.
The contest starts now and ends whenever I feel like it, but definitely
within the next day or so. Post your entries here, and I will post the
winners here. I will send the certificate to the email address you use
for this newsgroup, unless you tell me otherwise. You are welcome to
tell me otherwise via private email.
In 200-250 words, answer the following question.
Why do you enjoy woodworking?
In 200-250 words, have your spouse, significant other or non-woodworker
friend describe what it's like to live with a woodworker.
BTW, I'll be redoing the woodworking page tonight per your excellent
suggestions. Among other changes and additions, the online wood store
will be banished in favor of a hearty recommendation of Lee Valley.
Can't bribe any of you into extroverting a bit, eh? Ah, well. :)
If anyone (or their spouse) changes their mind, you are welcome to
email me privately. The email address I'm posting from is real. Put
"woodworking" in the subject so I see it in my spam. If you send me
something to post on the site, I will do so anonymously, although I've
been following the links in your sigs and I imagine people would enjoy
looking at your shops and your beautiful work...
I'll be moving on soon, but I'll keep an eye out here for a while
longer. Maybe I'll do brewers next...hmmm...
Anyway, the woodworking page will be completed and linked into the rest
of the site within the next few days. Thank you very much for all your
input. I've enjoyed exploring all the cool woodworking stuff. I hope
you all receive much spousal support and very fine loot!
Sponsor a Woodworker!
1. Why do you like woodworking:
My guess is woodworkers are strong on 3-dimensional reasoning, short on
verbal reasoning. For me; fits my abilities, days are relaxed and
enjoyable, get to spend days engaged in creative pursuits & with my pal
Spooner. Getting paid to have fun. Can knock off and go flyfishing
whenever we please. Get to spend whatever I like on fancy boards, tools,
machines, and hardware, and call it "business expense".
2. What is it like to live with a woodworker:
I've had gal pals describe in detail what it's like to live with a
woodworker, unfortunately, little of what they had to say is fit to be
Do I win the Lee Valley coupon?
You do indeed, for Part 1. Thank you for being brave enough to go
Is the email address from which you post the correct one to send the
Would you like to be credited and/or linked? If so, as what and to
As always, feel free to email me if you don't want to post the info
As to Part 2, I'm afraid you do need to find something repeatable. :)
How 'bout it guys? Part 2 is still up for grabs. Somebody must have a
spouse dying to tell a good story about what they love you in spite of.
If anyone still wants to contribute to Part 1, I may even decide to
award "bonus" certificates.
Used to have "remove -this" in the sig, so the correct email is juvenal at
rude-tone dot com. I'm closing that down next week and the new email
address is already set up at: timothy at tjwoodworking dot com.
I'm just putting the final touches on a new website www.tjwoodworking.com so
a link would be swell. There will be a suppliers link page there as well,
so it will be useful.
Thanks for the gift certificate! I actually have a bunch of goodies in my
shopping cart there right now - I split my last order up so it's like having
a birthday every week, instead of getting more stuff than I can play with
anyway all at once.
Good luck with your venture.
Thanks, I sure will! (See; LV gift certificates really _are_ something
I uploaded my new tjwoodworking site so your link will go actually go to
something. Mostly complete, just gotta add the shop dog pics, pics of the
shop, links, and some more samples of work pics, improve some of the
wording, etc. Mostly complete though.
Let me know when you're ready to be nice to flyfishers. >8^)
You know, the question really changes a lot when you split in into
professional V. hobbyist woodworkers. A hobbyist has a wish-list full
of shiny tools, and a pro might like some of those things, but tends
to already have most of them. So a hobbyist likes the tool gifts- but
most of the guys I work with like beer, peanuts, and a couple of days
I'm trying not to be flippant here- there really is something to the
idea of recieving some peace and quiet as something nice a spouse can
do for you. I travel a lot for work, and live in motels most of the
time. We put in rediculous hours carrying heavy stuff around and
working like maniacs. When it's time to come home for the weekend, my
wife always wants to go out and "do something." I'm all for
maintaining a good relationship, but it's really tough to work up a
lot of enthusiam for getting back in the car and leaving the house you
never get to see for the sake of walking around a mall. With that in
mind, I'd have to say that the best gift my wife could give me on
almost any given day is a home-cooked meal in my own kitchen, a day of
sleeping on the couch and an hour of quiet conversation that doesn't
involve shouting over the sound of power tools.
I love woodworking- I do it for work, and I keep on doing it in my own
shop when I get home. But when it comes right down to it, I'm getting
tired of people giving me stuff that encourages me to work even longer
hours when what I'd really like is just a good meal that didn't come
in foam boxes in a paper sack and some much needed rest.
Just a different perspective- but one that probably has a lot of merit
for the majority of people who are woodworking for a living,
especially when travelling is involved.
On the other hand, I'd never turn down good extension cords. You
wouldn't believe how many of those suckers you need on some jobsites.
None of the above. Head on down to the shop and watch what's going on
for a little while. Even if you have no idea what is happening, the
environment is 90% of the dinner conversation. Reading a book won't
give you a feel for what working wood is like.
It's a nice idea, and I hope this project works out for you.
Yeah, I know that one. My husband used to be an over-the-road truck
driver. It took some effort to remember that, the few hours he was
home, the last thing he wanted to do was go out to dinner. Sometimes
he did it anyway though. :)
You nailed that one. My wife has some heart problems and at times, physical
activity must be kept minimal. When I'm working in the (garage)shop, she
likes to sit outside where she can watch what I'm doing. She may ask a
question, but never tells me how do to anything or interferes. Of course,
most of what I make is for her anyway.
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