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post #109 of Old 04-01-2012
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Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

The marketing industry in this country has put a lot of time and effort into getting people to believe it is better to buy something new and/or have something done for you... that accomplished people are now led to believe that they are incapable of doing for themselves. I built a table for my boat, cherry and teak w/brass hardware and a jade inlay... a neighbor of mine (who is excessively homophobic) said it looked "really gay", it was explained to me that this was actually a complement .... no "normal" person would go to that much trouble to make their place look that good.
When I told someone I had just bought a spoke shave they couldn't figure out what I why...I just spent all morning making a dish towel bar out of a scrap of cherry...when I would have taken 5 minutes to buy a pine dowel at the hardware store.
What really bugs me is when people offer a solution to what I am trying to do prefaced by either "Why do you just buy..." or "Just have someone...".
Someone once commented on the work I am doing "You're lucky you have the skills...", any skills I have I picked up on my own after I started.

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