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post #1 of 16 Old 01-17-2010, 04:30 AM Thread Starter
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Academic wishes he was carpenter!

Hello all
Thank you for allowing me to join your forum.
Some twenty years ago I made a big mistake. I took the advice of other people and went to university and studied a degree in Spanish language and then studied a teaching qualification again in Spanish and to make things even worse I studied an MA in translation and Interpreting in Spanish and English.
So now I am a translator and interpreter and I spend altogether far too much time at the computer.
As a teenager I loved working with my hands and was always doing jobs around the house especially working with wood. Making new window frames etc so as to replace old rotten ones.
Little coffee tables, nothing especially big or impressive but I enjoyed it immensely.
So now I am trying to find a little time to do what I like and to get together a big shed or workshop in the garden and some tools and see how it goes.
So I have to apologise in advance as I cannot offer a lot just yet (well, unless you want to know how to say it in Spanish!) and really need to learn.
Thanks again for letting me in.
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Welcome from Texas.
It's never to late to start woodworking.

Did you say tool sale?
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WELCOME TO THE FORUM

You can definitely nurse your woodworking passions here. Maybe you could help us translate those woods with Spanish names.






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Welcome to the forum.

If you want to be a help in the woodworking community, I have a very real project that follows cabinetman's suggestion. For some years now I have been working on a database (eventually for free public distribution) of common / botanical wood names.

So far I have about 126,000 common names and one of the many things slowing me down is that I'm having trouble dealing with the Spanish names (in terms of knowing what's valid and getting rid of duplicates).

If you have any interest in helping with this let me know. If you want to get some idea of the seriousness with which I approach wood related knowledge check out the web site linked below my name and/or check out

http://hobbithouseinc.com/personal/w.../_glossary.htm

On the other hand, if dealing with Spanish is what you are trying to AVOID in getting into woodworking, I'll certainly understand.

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a labour of love

Hi Paul
My goodness that really is a labour of love.
I have visited your web site and it seems huge.
Ok onto Spanish yes in principal I could help out there.
Can you tell me which reference sources you are using to gain specialised information on the vocabulary that you need?
Also will this be for Spanish from Spain or for Spanish from the South American continent.
I work with Spanish from Spain.
Back in Spain I noticed that a lot of tools that people expect to have in Britain are not found or known in Spain and Spanish names can be a little unexpected.
For example a sierra de costilla means a saw with a rib but this in Britain is called Tennant Saw I believe. The British woodworkers like to have a tool to make countersink before putting a screw in so that the whole head will go beneath the surface yet in Spain such tools are not known.
As for botanical names I would imagine that these would be either correct of incorrect but I am not sure as there may be so many varieties?? Would that be the case?
One of the areas I am curious about is wood for classical and flamenco guitar making. OK well Palo Santo de India, Palo Santo de Brasil, Jacaranda, Cocobolo: are these all part of the rosewood family?
Letís talk some more and see how I can help.
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Welcome to the forum.

If you want to be a help in the woodworking community, I have a very real project that follows cabinetman's suggestion. For some years now I have been working on a database (eventually for free public distribution) of common / botanical wood names.

So far I have about 126,000 common names and one of the many things slowing me down is that I'm having trouble dealing with the Spanish names (in terms of knowing what's valid and getting rid of duplicates).

If you have any interest in helping with this let me know. If you want to get some idea of the seriousness with which I approach wood related knowledge check out the web site linked below my name and/or check out

http://hobbithouseinc.com/personal/w.../_glossary.htm

On the other hand, if dealing with Spanish is what you are trying to AVOID in getting into woodworking, I'll certainly understand.

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Yes, both the wood ID site and the glossary are huge. I spent about 1000 hours last year on the glossary and several 1000's of hours on the ID site over the last 5 or 6 years (I am occasionally unemployed), and yes it certainly is a labor of love. No one in his right mind would attempt something like it for money, since there's no money IN it.

My sources for wood names range from reputable to highly questionable and the Spanish is most likely a mix of Spain and South American Spanish but with the emphasis on South American. You are correct about the botanical names --- I'll worry about that end.

I work away from home during the week, so my schedule gets a bit hectic but I'll send you a private email in the next day or two and let's see what we might work out.

Thanks,

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Paul,
Awesome work on the website - this can be very useful. It is now saved in my favorites. Thanks for sharing and the time you put into it.
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Welcome to our little group Sounds like you will fit right in .

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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

As stated earlier,,, IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO START WOODWORKING..

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Thanks for being here. Most of what we do has nothing to do with woodworking and you'll have fun just following the converations.

I have an urgent question for you already: What is the meaning, in Spanish, of "Dos Pescados Mysterioso" Would that be ridiculous?
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Thanks for being here. Most of what we do has nothing to do with woodworking and you'll have fun just following the converations.

I have an urgent question for you already: What is the meaning, in Spanish, of "Dos Pescados Mysterioso" Would that be ridiculous?
Two Mysterious Fish

Those are awesome. I want some!
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"Dos Pescados Mysterioso" just sounds so much more EXOTIC, doesn't it? I found a very heavy chunk of driftwood on the beach at Santa Barbara, CA several years ago. It had obviously survived a long ocean journey getting there, and a fire either before or after. There were a few smaller branches of the same stuff (Mahogany?) nearby and the Great Mother half-buried in the sand. The tree trunk was about 3' x 30' and I wanted SO much to bring it home with me. It would probably have taken an ocean-going salvage tug to pull it out, or heavy equipment at least. The Great Mother, as far as I know, is still there. Waiting.
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My son cut the charcoal off it, free-hand, on our Corbel King saw. It was very hard and checked clear-through. I added the black-marker squiggles to cover the filled holes. The aluminum plate was also black-markered, then clear-coated with poly. The point is: found wood can be a lot of fun and yeild some interesting, if not precious, artifacts for your own sentimental value.
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Well that is a surprise!
I have never heard that exprerssion before and so I have contacted some spanish people back home and they have not either.
It sounds like it means something unexplained or not as it should be. I imagine it must be typical in Mexico or Soth America.
If I find out anything else I will let you know.

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Altering the spelling could account for differing interpretations also.
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My story of joining here is somewhat same as that of “Spanish Translator”. I am working as a full time translator. Lately we had a carpenter at our home for the modification of some old furniture. Every day after my job, I used to sit beside him. I started getting involved in the wood crafting work. I asked him if he can teach me more on carpentry to which he agreed, provided I had to be with him for 6 hours a day. The reason I have join here is to learn more on it.
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