13 thoughts on “Blue Ox Millworks”

  1. Saw this on Tumblr last night and I have to say this is the most amazing video I’ve seen in a while, very inspirational and I LOVE what he does for kids and now for veterans. I don’t think this place can be too far from me, I may have to make a road trip. If nothing else I’d like to shake this mans hand…

  2. I think I’m a doer and not a sitter.
    I was probably a pretty suppressed little critter to have made it through high school before the doer overwhelmed the sitter.
    Thanks, Marilyn

  3. I’m sure he’s putting into words what a lot of have people have felt and just haven’t been able to express. I’m with you Tracy .. a pretty amazing story and I’d love to drop by and shake his hand as well.

  4. Personally, I think I am able to sit and to do… it’s just wondering which one is going to wake up first in the morning. But I don’t think I could live without the doer.

    I think this is the best part:
    “In the whole world, there’s only two kinds of jobs. There’s a job you take a shower before you go to work in the morning, and there’s job that you take a shower when you come home from work at night. And the world needs both of us.”

    Thanks for sharing Marilyn.

  5. Awesome! Somthing that many of us from that era can relate. Very moving. The analogy of the spring really hits home.

  6. Thank you Marilyn!

    Tracy, tombuhl, BarbS, Jonathanszczepanski, turningsawdustintogroceries, and rondennis303 we would love to shake each of your hands. Here is to the doers of the world. Thank you for being a part of the Craftsman’s Revolution!

    The family at Blue Ox Mill

    1. A dear friend and hero of mine, is a man of many stories, legends and much wisdom shared at the campfire (literally and figuratively). One that sticks with me, “when in doubt, lead with gratitude.”
      Thank you Blue Ox Mill family for doing your part in awesome and heartfelt style.

  7. That was powerful stuff Marilyn. I take a shower before work to pay homage to my dad, who always took his when he got home. That’s gonna stick with me for a while (along with the partial lump in my throat).

  8. Hi Marilyn! I work for Breakwater Studios – thanks for sharing our film!

    We’re celebrating the 5-year anniversary of “The OX” with a giveaway challenge on social media, this Friday, November 10, 2017. We’ll be giving away beautiful letterpress posters and Breakwater branded caps to 5 lucky fans on Instagram, and we’d be honored if you’d help spread the word!

    We’re keeping the details a secret for now, but can pass along this hint: watching “The Ox” beforehand will put you ahead of the curve. To participate, follow our Instagram account (@breakwaterstudios; instagram.com/breakwaterstudios/), respond to our challenge, and be entered into a raffle for your change to win. Winners will be asked to provide their contact information for shipping purposes; we’ll handle the associated costs.

    One more thing before signing off: If “The Ox” left you wanting more Breakwater Originals, you’re in luck. In September we released “Kunstglaser”, a portrait of master stained glass craftsman Norbert Sattler and his artistic collaborator Sue Obata. Check it out at

    And there’s more! This Monday, November 13th, we’re releasing “A Love Letter to Lisbon” – a 2:40 short that takes viewers on a journey through the famous cobblestone streets of the Portuguese capital city. You’ll want to keep your eyes peeled!

    Thanks again for sharing our work with your audience – and thanks to all you fans who appreciate craftspeople as much as we do!


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