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derek willis 129/08/2018 09:58:11
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The membership of this forum should be quite large, so why do we get so very few posts, it is days and sometimes weeks between posts, I find that it can be very interesting and inspiring reading about others problems and achievments especially for me, as I am at the end of my woodworking life but still so interested in what goes on. Being able to join in and be involved is almost as good as being at the sharp end.

Derek.

Derek Lane29/08/2018 14:28:19
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At the moment I am busy making a stool I will start a post with progress.

I have also commented on the amount of posts.

I belong to various forums some seem to have a few posting regularly. And quite a lot I believe are just lurkers. I can remember back when there was always a steady stream of posts on here.

There have been some people that start by posting there first post which I have just not allowed due to either having nothing to do with woodworking and are just wanting to advertise their business and one the other day that just made no sense at all and did not have any woodworking related content.

 

Edited By Derek Lane on 29/08/2018 14:39:53

Big Al29/08/2018 19:21:02
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I have also noticed the lack of posts but I must confess that I am guilty of this myself. Unfortunately most posts don’t inspire me to usually reply, and I can’t remember the last time I saw any projects that were inspirational.

I can remember a time that this forum was very informative and very busy, but not for a long time.

Al

Ron Davis29/08/2018 20:46:54
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This si not the only forum to see this, most people have migrated to Facebook, and for my money the forums are easier to follow and threads tend to stay with the topic. None of the 'we had a lovely lunch out yesterday' or look at my dog running!'

As Bob Dylan sang, 'The times they are a changing'

Ron

Mike Jordan30/08/2018 10:07:21
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This has been mentioned before in different ways, there can be no doubt that the lack of wood and metalworking classes in secondary education is reducing the number of people who are introduced to the hobby of making things. There seems to be a dearth of staff able to teach the subjects and a subsequent fall in the number of school leavers even considering taking up an apprenticeship. Employers seem to be happy to recruit from other countries rather than train a future workforce. Even if people were trained the demand for manufactured items is being satisfied by imports from China.

There is little to encourage anyone to make items of furniture for instance when the material costs are patently higher than the ready made item in the shop window. Schools are scrapping workshops and shifting to art and textiles as creative subjects, again the shops are full of imported goods at low prices so no hope of employment there! I have been both a professional and hobby woodworker from age twelve and still enjoy the hobby but if I wish to profit from my work it's necessary to work in a specialist area, mine is the world of boating where quality work is normal and has to be paid for.

The regrettable decline in interest is highlighted by the falling circulation of woodworking magazines, the desperate measure of scrapping titles or creating new ones seems to me to be doomed to fail, there is far to much free content on the net to allow any publisher to sell enough copies to arrest the decline, the poor quality of some of the content can't be helping. In short there are a number of forums and a shrinking level of involvement. I think I might buy a mobile phone and spend my waking hours staring at it!

derek willis 131/08/2018 09:18:59
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Mike,

It's all true what you say, but woodworking as an interesting hobby and pastime is what all

this is about really, in all the years I made furniture etc. I never sold one single item, except for

boxes and small things in the beginning, at craft fairs, no profit in that, I did use a lot, and gave

an awful lot away. I know of no other thing that I have done in my life for relaxation that has given

me more pleasure than making sawdust etc. My greatest regret is that I grew too old to be able to

sustain the hours spent in the workshop, sawing, planing jointing and gluing, ah! well.

Derek.

Mike Jordan31/08/2018 10:50:06
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Hi Derek

I'm sorry to see that you are not actively involved these days in the workshop but what was it that got you there in the first place? I think that many of us started after enjoying the workshop experience at secondary school, my liking for making furniture came from the fact that I was skint when newly married and needed to furnish the house. Since I already had the tools and training the work was easier for me than for others. It also seems to me that the magazines of the day featured more exciting projects than today, I remember one publication building a plywood cabin cruiser called the"Woodwych" I think. These had a brief flurry of interest and were sold as a kit of parts by the local DIY shop. No I didn't have the spare cash to have a go but it did start my interest in canals.

derek willis 131/08/2018 13:27:17
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Woodwork and metalwork were done at school but this was not what brought me into it,

I was in the construction industry, a bit of an all rounder, had tools but got into hobbyist

rather late in ife, at about 60, initially with routing, won quite a lot of stuff from Routing

magazine, then found I needed so much more to keep up with my ambitious nature,

once into making pieces I just couldn't stop, bigger ideas and challenges came and were

conquered. I had a never ending supply of very old reclaimed Oak in very large pieces to

work with, so timber costs were nil. I wish I were doing it now.

derek.

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