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Old 02-03-2008, 08:33 PM   #1
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February 5, 2008, 2x4 Birdcage

This birdcage, complete with bird and 29 inch high stand, was built by one of the "Lumberjocks".

The whole thing, bird and all, was built out of ONE, 8 foot long, Southern Yellow Pine, 2x4.
That's incredible conservation of resources, but certainly not conservation of labor.
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Old 02-03-2008, 08:36 PM   #2
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Wow, think of the carbon footprint from the power tools and lighting and fosil fuels used to transport it from the forest to the store, etc.

Sad...

We're all gonna die...
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Old 02-03-2008, 09:41 PM   #3
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Sure, and Happy Monkey could put his books and bed on milk crates.
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:37 PM   #4
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That is one of almost 5000 neat projects on Lumberjock.
I am simply amazed he managed to find a pine 2x with brass hangers inside.
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:02 PM   #5
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Very cool.

God thing it's a wooden bird, otherwise it would have nuzzled up to those bars, bent 'em apart with its beak, and VOOM!
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:38 PM   #6
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God thing it's a wooden bird
God doesn't read newspapers?
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:40 PM   #7
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But does God poop on newspapers?
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Old 02-09-2008, 12:26 AM   #8
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a lot of work for an outcome which is only mediocre, imo. Sure, it's cool, but the composition is stiff, and what's with the swan neck holder or whatever it is? Makes me go, ho hum.
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Old 02-09-2008, 01:00 AM   #9
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That's because you don't comprehend the difficulty, and skill involved, to get all of that out of one 2x4.
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Old 02-09-2008, 01:16 AM   #10
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but that's my point; all that effort, impressive though it certainly is, for something blah. why?
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Old 02-09-2008, 01:24 AM   #11
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He wasn't trying to build a work of art or design the most beautiful birdcage. He was demonstrating his ability to plan, and his execution skills, on a very challenging woodworking project.

Same as the finished appearance, of the chip with 2 billion transistors, has little to do with the technical and mechanical accomplishment.
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:58 AM   #12
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I get your point, Bruce, I do. And it's certainly an impressive feat.

But something inside me still kinda feels sorry for the guy--
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Old 02-09-2008, 01:18 PM   #13
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I get your point also. When I saw the King Tut exhibit in person, my impression was, this stuff is rather crudely made.
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Old 02-09-2008, 05:15 PM   #14
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sound and fury signifying nothing, yeah.

I remember standing in line at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco for hours to get in to the first King Tut exhibit -- hours and hours. Not that I wasn't impressed but after a while, certain things become an exercise in the law of diminishing returns

This speaks to me of the subtleties and differences between artists and artisans.
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Old 02-09-2008, 05:23 PM   #15
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-- hours and hours.
Ha, ha, ha, in line from 9AM to 11PM in Washington, DC. Then the parking garage where I parked, was closed for the night.
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