7th Jun 2013, 06:27 PM #1Retired
- Join Date
- May 1999
I have been reliably informed that there is a rumour going around at the moment that I am recieving commissions or kickbacks for the products that I use and endorse in demonstrations.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
I buy all my own tools and equipment from various suppliers for which I get a slight discount as I am in the trade but no more than any other tradesman gets.
The only exception is Ubeaut where I sometimes get the ex-demo Shellawax, EEE etc but most of that is given to Forumites as well.
I have tested a lot of goods for manufacturers with a view that my input has improved the product.
The same goes for suppliers. If I get good service or they supply what I use then I pass that on as well.
I prefer to buy my own stuff so that I can give an unbiased opinion on it and my reputation and integrity is based on that.
If i think that something is crap, I say so and why.
I hope that this sets the record straight.
7th Jun 2013, 06:41 PM #2
Would not have thought it any other way
To some of us reputation means a lot
7th Jun 2013, 07:18 PM #3
You do realise that you can never be a politician with that attitude.
7th Jun 2013, 07:26 PM #4
Well said ! 99.9% of us know you as a straight shooting honest gentleman who happens to call it as you see it.
Oh! and you happen to like a cuppa (tea that is).Russell (aka Mulgabill)
"It is as it is"
7th Jun 2013, 07:55 PM #5
Oh oh, I had better cancel that deal I was setting up with Lord Lipton.....
, those that matter know the truth and are not swayed by small minded rumour mongers.Those were the droids I was looking for.
"just because I donít need the lathe doesnít mean the beer isnít cold" - Grand Master Flett
7th Jun 2013, 08:38 PM #6
Ok I going to have to spill the beans.
I gave a kickback of a lemon tea cake, could have been chocolate, can't remember, for showing me two methods of dyeing wood and three coats of sprayed lacquer with his equipment to the final piece I made.
He initially said he'd do for nothing but he had that look in his eye after he shouted me lunch too!
7th Jun 2013, 09:29 PM #7GOLD MEMBER
- Join Date
- Oct 2003
Now you know how Chris Schwarz feels. He has been getting this sort of flak for 15-20 years as a magazine writer & author. Some people are just born jealous I guess.
9th Jun 2013, 01:12 AM #8GOLD MEMBER
- Join Date
- Jun 2005
9th Jun 2013, 08:54 AM #9
Tall poppy syndrome - you've seen it all before.
Some people think that all people are like they are, and project their malformed and skewed outlook on life to everyone else.
You don't have to justify yourself to any of us, and it is disgraceful that rumour mongers have created a situation that makes you feel that you should.
Chin up mate.
SG.... some old things are lovely
Warm still with the life of forgotten men who made them.
Visit my BLOG
9th Jun 2013, 11:04 AM #10
I can confirm a few rumours about ...
1. He doesn't like raw sugar in his tea.
2. He doesn't like multigrain bread.Cliff.
If you find a post of mine that is missing a pic that you'd like to see, let me know & I'll see if I can find a copy.
9th Jun 2013, 11:09 AM #11
Hmm, I don't know. do you still have that old union credit card? been past any brothels lately? could be a poly in disguise Own up now , no I guess disguises aren't that good. And no more back handed tea cakes or was it chocolate? Hope to catch up with you at Sydney if you're going this year.Instagram: mark_aylward
A good edge takes a little sweat!!
9th Jun 2013, 12:33 PM #12
Claw, don't forget the custard tarts - likes them too!Pat
Work is a necessary evil to be avoided. Mark Twain
9th Jun 2013, 01:40 PM #13
9th Jun 2013, 07:19 PM #14Senior Member
- Join Date
- Dec 2008
- Clarence Town
Well done , but what a shame you had to take the time to dismiss such ill-informed innuendo.
By the way, for those who don't know, spent nearly a week with me recently just so he could do a one day demo for our club (Woodturners of the Hunter). Nearly a week for one day's pay - you do the maths!!!
This just goes to prove how passionate he is about woodturning and helping others. A straighter shooter you wouldn't find.
I hope those who have been involved in spreading this rumour are suitably embarassed and ASHAMED!!. I wonder if their apology will be as swift as their their readiness to cast dispersions upon such a great bloke?
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on those involved.
9th Jun 2013, 08:39 PM #15Senior Member
- Join Date
- Feb 2011
- Gold Country
IMHO if you were getting a "kickback" of any sort, as long as it was disclosed, who cares.
Too many small minded jealous people who wish they had your talent, or maybe they think they should get a kickback.
Also maybe they be feeling guilty?
Disclosure: I wouldn't know if he came up to me in the street and whacked me in the head with a 4x2, but I sure would remember him if he did.