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Where is Leonid?


#1

Hello Orchidians

As a lurker and appreciator I read the Orchid digest daily and
sometimes contribute my off-the-wall and inexpert observations. I
observe the following: i have not noticed any posts from Leonid in
some time. Does anyone know if he is OK? I know his, shall we call it
"forthright." style grates upon some folks, but his wealth of deep
expertise is phenomenal. I personally enjoy his wit and style of
expression. I grew up amongst people with that style, if not that
level of accomplishment. Maybe he’s just taken a holiday?

I hope he is well.

Marty - in Victoria - where Summer has finally arrived and where our
house and studio are for sale. (We’re building a new one more
suitable for elderly ones such as ourselves) If any of you are
thinking of moving to paradise, now’s your chance!


#2

I’ve been concerned about the very same thing. Hopefully he is just
very busy. I’ve enjoyed his sharp edged commentary for years and
would be quite sad to see him fall silent.

Daniel Conlin


#3

I too have been concerned about Leonid. His wealth of has
always been a major contribution on Orchid. I for one, have really
enjoyed his rather “pithy” remarks. I have learned so much from him
and am really grateful for his taking the time to give detailed
explanations of many techniques. He has always been very generous in
sharing

Alma


#4

Hopefully Leonid is fine. His upper level skill tutorials can only be
appreciated by those who recognize his talent and intent. IMHO
negative comments come from the lesser skilled, with large egos.

Hugs,
Terrie

Teresa Masters


#5

I want to thank everybody for their concern, but I am quite well.
The reason I have not been posting for some time is that I was
preoccupied with learning about watchmaking.

I have a project of making a custom watch case. To properly case a
watch, the movement has to be partially disassembled. This and other
handling of movement leads to complete disassembly and cleaning and
lubrication. After all that, the watch has to be adjusted. There is
an ocean of technical details behinds these deceivingly simple
steps. So I have been using all available time to learn about it.

Incidentally, if anyone interested in my adventures in the land of
watchmaking, I can describe it more details. I made a lot of costly
mistakes which were completely avoidable.

Leonid Surpin
www.studioarete.com


#6
Incidentally, if anyone interested in my adventures in the land of
watchmaking, I can describe it more details. I made a lot of
costly mistakes which were completely avoidable. 

NO! This is not true. No mistake is avoidable…ever. We sure like to
think so, but it is not so and never was. You do the work as you see
fit with the eyes and knowledge you have … nothing else could
possibly be. Avoidable after the fact? Physics does not prove that
out.

Glad you are well.

Ric Furrer
Sturgeon Bay, WI
www.doorcountyforgeworks.com


#7
IMHO negative comments come from the lesser skilled, with large
egos. 

IMHO :-

  • Unfounded negative comments show a lack on knowledge and/or skill.

  • Negative comments with foundation should be viewed as constructive
    critism.

  • Veiled insults show a lack of manners.

I don’t recall anyone dissing Leonid’s videos.

Regards Charles A.


#8

Hello Teresa,

MHO, negative comments come from the lesser skilled, with large
egos.

Don’t think this way, different opinions do not point to the skills
of someone else. Different way’s of approaching a problem can have
the same result at the end. Many people of this forum have wisdom and
some of them have others way’s of solving a practical issue. As I can
speak for myself, nobody is perfect. Maybe someone has lesser skills,
maybe someone hasn’t the mathematical background or chemical
knowledge but boxing people up with the expression “large ego’s” is
pretty hard and not nice. Respect the ones with lesser skills and you
will be respected equaly. One can learn from everybody even from
beginners! What goes around comes around.

Enjoy and have fun
Pedro


#9
Hopefully Leonid is fine. His upper level skill tutorials can only
be appreciated by those who recognize his talent and intent. IMHO
negative comments come from the lesser skilled, with large egos. 

I am sure he is lurking about. I disagree with your last sentence
though. At times experts disagree on matters because they have done
things successfully their way or another proven way. The expression
of difference of opinion has nothing to do with lesser skill and
larger egos. We all learn from each other and if someone contests
Leonid, or anyone else for that matter, most of the time it comes
from experience and skill that they do possess. Beauty is in the eye
of the beholder…just when you think you are at the best at what
you do…someone shows up that is better and if you don’t learn from
it…you die.


#10

I would expect no less of you. Your quality and ethics would require
you to excel, or not do the job. Anytime you want to tell your tale,
I’m an expectant listener/reader.

John


#11
Incidentally, if anyone interested in my adventures in the land of
watchmaking, I can describe it more details. I made a lot of
costly mistakes which were completely avoidable. 

Avoidable, only once you have the knowledge and skill to do so. My
hat is off to you. Watchmaking is a complete skill set, unto itself.

At Bowman Tech I sat next to student watch and clock makers, while I
was learning my setting skills. Those watchmaking skills are NOT
simple, or easy skills to develop, and a lot of mistakes go into
learning that skill well!!


#12

Pedro,

There are many paths to a solution. Some will not see that.

Thanks,
Terrie


#13

With regard to negative comments by or about Leonid;

That disagreements exist is inevitable, necessary for progress and
mental development, and often edifying.

The tone of disagreement is what sometimes distracts from the
content. There are many personal styles around how disagreement is
stated.

My wife often quotes a buddhist sage who says that if someone is on
a different path than your own, it doesn’t mean he is lost.

I often quote my wife.

My youngest grandchild says I sound like an iguanodon when I’m
sleeping. Just thought I’d throw that in.

Marty, who should be sleeping right now, in Victoria.