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Winner(s): Ridiculous Woodworking Books

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Y’all are funny – picking the winner of the Ridiculous Woodworking Books contest was a difficult task. But I had to choose a winner, so…I chose two. Each of the winners gets a copy of our reprint of David Denning’s “The Art and Craft of Cabinet-Making.”

One is Wittefish’s birdhouse homage to one of my favorite books, “Go the F**k to Sleep,” by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortes – of which I’ve bought multiple copies; it’s one of my go-to baby shower gifts. (Also, how fun would it be to spend a day hanging out in the shop with Samuel L. Jackson – I wonder if he knows how to cut dovetails… (which leads me to one of the honorable mention titles:  Mike’s “50 New Words to Use While Making Dovetails”).

My other winner – because the literary pun is just too good to not reward – is from Tom Wulber:

Tom had a few others that were contenders, too:
“Tuesdays with Moxon” and “Fo’ Chisel – Woodworking in Mainstream Hip Hop” made me giggle at length. As did wonkothesane’s “Wooden Toys No Child Wants” and bradrubin’s “To Make as Expensively as Possible: Roubo on Book Publishing.” In fact, I got a good chuckle out of most of them.

Thank you so much for the levity – there’s not enough of it these days, it seems.

Wittefish and Tom Wulber, please email me your physical address, and I’ll get your books in the mail right away.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

p.s. The Handplane Birdhouse on the first cover is an actual project – for a free PDF download thereof, click: OldPlaneBirdhousePDF (it is not by Samuel L. Jackson, but its author does a decent SLJ impression)

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  • JBrackett

    Love this. Great idea for a goofy, fun contest. Some excellent submissions too. Both winning selections were excellent choices. Finding ways to inject a bit of levity into any situation is a VERY welcomed thing. I hope to see more of this type of thing in the future. Well done Megan!

  • pghpete

    Great article and pick Megan. Apparently some folks are unfamiliar with the SLJ joke or think comedy isn’t subjective like just about everything else is. I laughed so thank you!

    • JBrackett


  • 7-Thumbs

    To bad you had to lower your standards and select a winner that had to use f__k in its title in order to make it funny. I’ve never thought that comedians that had to resort to vulgar routines were real comedians and neither do I ascribe to the common use of f__k by today’s younger generation as anything that is even remotely admirable. I hope PW will consider holding to its standards which I have formerly always thought to be high.

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Consider it my personal failing, not PopWood’s; it made me laugh because it made me think of Jackson’s audio recording of a book I find very amusing. I guarantee the magazine itself won’t include such language. What can I say…I enjoy both low and highbrow humor. (For the latter, have you watched “Strindberg & Helium?” One of my faves.)

    • rjhanby

      I think the problem is that you do not know funny. I recently saw a “fake” article stuck on the bulletin board in the vet’s office documenting the proper way to bathe a cat. It was a fairly hilarious treatise involving shampoo and a toilet. To top it off, the author is listed as “The Dog”. I pointed it out to my daughter and she got a laugh out of it also. Some old biddy in the waiting room was quick to point out that it was not funny and how dare they display something like that. I informed here that I know funny and that was funny. If the book title above listed the author as the Dalai Lama, then it wouldn’t be that funny (okay bad example, that would also be pretty funny). Sam Jackson in that fairly awful, yet popular movie “Snakes on a Plane” made that form of phrase a cultural standard and giving the common a little twist is a good source of funny.

    • JBrackett

      Most of us agree no such standards were lowered. Most of us understand adult themes, adult humor, and even adult language despite it only being implied and not actually even used. Most of us understand the reference is to a very enjoyable actor’s hilarious trademark. Most of us understand it was a homage to another hilarious book (that was named) which was a NYTimes best seller (sales not driven by today’s younger generation BTW). In addition to the understanding of these concepts many of us grow increasingly tired of those who don’t merely misunderstand them, cannot separate adult themes with other themes or simply choose to disagree but that so often feel they need to use their mouth in way most of us would rather not hear. In other words, the actual offensive language here is your need to publicly grade or disapprove of these very acceptable concepts most of us enjoy and get happiness from. Everyone likes rain but never on a parade.

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