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    Hello from Massachusetts !

    Post by Kale Schlegel on Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:03 pm

    Hello ! After browsing through this forum for tips for years, I've finally decided to join. I cant think of a better place to talk to people with similar hobbies. I'm not sure what to put in here without coming off as overeager and annoying. smaaack
    Anyhow, I hope to post projects and designs shortly , and to get (constructive)feedback and criticism. I may be young, but I'm not the cliche teenager. I've always thought myself as older in spirit than in body. Any how I'm an avid weapon designer, unfortunately my drawings on paper never come into fruition.Partly because I have scatter-brain , and the fact of not having the parts or tools I need really impeding projects. I've never (to my knowledge)completed a project 100% as I'm a perfectionist, and any little flaw grinds my will to finish to a hault.Anyhow I'm sure your sick of reading this,as I can imagine Rolling Eyes .. Anyhow I hope this forum can push me to actually finish a project for once. Thanks -

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    Post by mac on Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:25 am

    Kale,

    Perfectionism is a dangerous thing in a craftsman's ingredient list. It's like the habanero in a hot sauce....a little is good, too much is a disaster.

    I hope that you will not take it amiss if I offer you some advice. Force yourself to finish your projects...even if they are not perfect...even if it hurts.

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    Re: Hello from Massachusetts !

    Post by jds6 on Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:30 am

    I agree with Mac. A craftsman will always find flaws in his own work. It just pushes you to better each time. To finish a project is a great feeling!

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    Re: Hello from Massachusetts !

    Post by kenh on Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:02 pm

    Kale;
    After 64 years of living, loving, making and breaking things on this planet; there is one thing I can say for certain -- The is no such thing as perfection.

    The sooner you realize that, the sooner life gets easier and projects get completed.

    If you continue to believe in perfection, you're doomed to a life of disappointment.
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    Re: Hello from Massachusetts !

    Post by stoneagebowyer on Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:43 am

    I don't know, guys, perfection is unattainable, but I'd rather shoot for the best I can do than just say good enough when it isn't. I recall from a college art history class that the medieval cathederal builders would put an amazing amount of work into areas that no one would ever see, as they felt it honored their god and had to be the finest work possible.

    I've been MIA for a while, mostly from a huge, sudden workload and a trip to the Cape, which helped a bit. Smile

    Kale, what part of MA? I am in Western MA. And, if you are free this coming Saturday (8/25), we are having a family archery event at my club in Deerfield to inagurate the new archery range I designed and we built earlier this summer. I'll have a few crossbows among the lineup of weapons that folks can try out and have fun with. If you can make it, please do. If not, no worries.

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    Re: Hello from Massachusetts !

    Post by mac on Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:28 pm

    To be a good craftsman, you have to have a bit of perfectionist in your make up, otherwise you are too easily satisfied with crap. But, it doesn't take much of it to be a very real liability.

    I had an apprentice in my shop about 25 years ago who could never finish anything. He would start a project with the best intentions, and make good progress. Then, something would go wrong with the project, and he just could not bear to look at any more. The realization that it would always be flawed would paralyze him. He now makes his living as a consultant for one of the computing mega-giants. This suits him fine, because by the time he gets disgusted with what he is doing, the project is over and he gets to start on a new one with renewed enthusiasm.

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    Re: Hello from Massachusetts !

    Post by chaz on Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:37 pm

    Kale,

    Chaz here. Let me catch you up on this life's perfection as I see it. My wife does not look like I had imagined she would someday, but she is perfect, my children do not look like I thought they would ....but they are perfect ! Get the idea ? Give it your best in what ever you do and everthing will be fine. Then again if you find you just are not any good at what you are doing maybe you should be doing something else. Example if you are a brain surgeon and not any good at it, maybe you should be a backhoe operator. If you truly enjoy what you are doing the perfection will come, however there is such a thing as over-working something. Don't let it become" it's not anygood but, its o.k."

    Been fun. Chaz

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    Re: Hello from Massachusetts !

    Post by chaz on Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:54 pm

    Kale,

    P.S. I had a painter on a project once that thought it was not important to finish the inside of the cabinet drawers.......... my best response was ......... nobody sees your ass, but I bet you wipe it!

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    Re: Hello from Massachusetts !

    Post by Kale Schlegel on Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:27 pm

    Dane, that sounds amazing, and a fun day out for sure! I live in Paxton MA sort of smack dab in the middle of mass. I'm not certain if I could get out there but I'd like to try. Nice to know theirs archery ranges around here, as its become a growing hobby of mine. Smile
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    Post by Kale Schlegel on Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:36 pm

    Hah , Chaz that painter one made me laugh. Motivation is hard for me as I'm certain I have undiagnosed A.D.D. Although not certain, it could be one explanation...
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    Re: Hello from Massachusetts !

    Post by stoneagebowyer on Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:10 pm

    Thanks, man. If you cant make that day, let me tell you advance about my big event. This will be the 3rd annual stone age skills celebration, in Deerfield, MA. Not medieval themed, of couse, but I also love the atlatl, primitive skills, fire making, archery, etc. You and anyone from this forum who can make the drive, you are very welcome to attend.

    Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club and the Deerfield Education & Conservation Corporation presents:



    3rd Annual Stone Age & Primitive

    Skills Celebration




    Saturday, October 13, 2012 – 10:00 AM-5:00 PM




    Join us for a day of fun, hands-on discovery. Explore and experience some of the skills our ancestors around the world utilized to survive and evolve long before the advent of written history.





    Activities will include:



    · ISAC Atlatl and Spear Toss



    The atlatl and dart were developed at least 15,000 years ago, giving the hunter the ability to harvest big game, and in Europe, the great mastodons and mammoths.



    · Primitive Archery



    The bow and arrow are thought to have been developed during the Mesolithic (middle) Stone Age, and gave the hunter dramatic advantages over the older spear throwers.



    · The Bola



    From the Spanish word for ball, the bola is an ancient weapon consisting of three round weights attached to ropes of different lengths, swung in unison over the head and tossed at high velocity to entangle or kill prey.



    · Throwing & Thrusting Spears



    Recent archeological discoveries have dated the wooden throwing spear to approximately 450,000 years ago. Spears are one of humanity’s oldest weapons, and still play a role even now in modern hunter gathering societies, with sport fishermen, and even in warfare in the form of the rifle and bayonet.



    · Ancient Music: Bullroars, Shell Horns



    Music has been an intrinsic part of the human experience long before the advent of written notation, perhaps for religious ceremonies, perhaps for signaling and communicating, and perhaps even for entertainment.



    · Ice Age Cave Painting & Mesolithic Stone Pendants: Hands-on Art Projects



    The original artists were those long-ago hunters who painted breathtaking scenes in French and Spanish caves. Other forms of art nearly as ancient pointed the way to today’s visual arts. This project is kid-friendly, and will use the same pigments and tools that were used 12,000 years ago. These projects are easy, fun, and will make a nice keepsake and reminder of the visionaries who long preceded Da Vinci, Monet, and Pollack.





    This event is family-friendly. Instruction on the atlatl and other ancient hunting weapons will be happily provided to adults and to age-appropriate kids. Food and drink will be available for sale. Entrance is free to the general public.









    721 River Road • East Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342



    For more info, email Dane Donato: danemitchell@comcast.net
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    Re: Hello from Massachusetts !

    Post by Kale Schlegel on Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:18 pm

    Man that sounds fun ! I hope I can make it. Good to show people skills to keep time old traditions alive and well. I've always wanted an archery range in my yard, hah .

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