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    Default Crafts in the Garage

    Here is a little story that you might enjoy. It gave me a chuckle and a reality check. A neighbor of ours asked my wife this question the other day "Now what is it your husband does again? Some kind of craft in the garage?

    My mother thinks I'm the greatest who ever lived and in her old age I have never seen any reason to disturb her thinking on the matter. My neighbor's comment however, has made me realize that sometimes we take ourselves too seriously. It's a lot more important to strive to be a good husband, father, and neighbor and along the way do a few crafts in the garage.
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    hahahahahahahahahaha! Might not be quite so funny if it weren't you!
    Thanks for passing that along!

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    Some people don't even have a foggy clue about some things. That neighbor gal is living near a world class artist and doesn't have any idea of it at all. She probably figures you glue match sticks together and sell them at the local craft shows!
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    Hilarious, Mr. Griffiths...

    I went to knife show last week with my wife in hopes that perhaps I could make some connections, being a newby in this field. Upon showing a vendor some recent work that I poured my heart into, he said it was "okay"... "for a beginner" and proceeded to tell me to engrave some skulls instead of "whirly gigs" (I take it this meant scrollwork in his lingo). I think perhaps I was taking myself too seriously. But as Catherine stated... it isn't as funny unless it's a world class engraver like yourself, Lee!

    I continue because of my love for the "craft I do in the garage".
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    Your words are good ones, Lee. Thanks for the reminder.
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    Well,,I used to look at Lee and think.Man I wish I could engrave 1/2 that good.Now I think I'll just build a garage.:thumbs up:

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    Reminds me of when I was the director of security for a large hotel corporation some years ago. I was at the gun club when I met a fellow I hadn't seen in some time. He asked "Are you still the head guard at some motel?"

    When I was at the recent FEGA show in Reno a fellow engraver remarked to me that some of the world's greatest engraving artists were there in the room. I reflected that no matter how famous an engraver is among us, when he or she walks out of the exhibit hall it would be the rare person who ever heard of any of us or understands what we do.

    If you are an occupational engraver it is very difficult to explain to a stranger just what it is you do. All of this serves to keep us humble.

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    Well.. engraving or gemsetting & alot of other "crafts" are not exactly the most important skills to have in life.

    The best mechanic in town is just a mechanic..so what, that is until you need his help.

    Everyone goes through life with certain needs & interests, there are alot of skills available to learn.. some you have an need for or interest in, alot you don`t.

    I know people at the top of alot of professions.. but until i need their expertise they are just people earning a living like everyone else in their chosen field.

    If you listed the most important & respected or useful trades or occupations we would fail miserably to even be thought of.

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    I remember my father talking to a client once and saying to him that although engraving was a nice thing to have on a gun it didn't add to the way the gun performed. The client disagreed with him saying that if anyone owned a nice hand engraved gun it actually made them shoot better because they didn't want to look foolish on the shooting field; in other words they'd up their game to be able to shoot to the quality of the gun rather than have a top quality gun, miss the target and look like a twit.

    Lee, you work in the garage, I work in the shed at the end of the garden. And I smile every day because I don't have to commute to work like some poor souls. I think Arnaud has the right idea as to educating the public where they can see him working from the window. Maybe you should leave the garage door open so folks can see what you do, lol.
    cheers,
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    So, What Lee? Did you move out of the garage? You shouldn't confuse your neighbors like that.
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