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VADIM SMOLENSKIY – Bicycle® “The Lumberjacks” Playing Cards Deck

Vadim, thank you for your time and congratulations on the success of your project! (Project link at end of interview)

Here are the 10:

1. What got you interested in designing a deck of playing cards?
I was browsing uncrate.com one day and came by a deck of cards that I’m sure you’re very familiar with (Pedale). Being a huge fan of line art I was instantly a fan. The link took me to Kickstarter, I back the project and it was all downhill from there!

2. What was your inspiration for your deck?
Woodworking and axes. At the time, I have just begun to get into it as a hobby and I wanted to do something that related to it.

3. Why Kickstarter?
Well, I guess at the time it seemed like a good way to get funds for such a project. Even now, working on the 2nd edition of the Lumberjacks I’ll probably go the Kickstarter route. Simply because they make it so easy to setup a campaign and people tend to trust projects that are on it.

4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
I’ve got stories for DAYS! But none really about the deck, sorry :( As far as hobbies are concerned, I dabble with woodworking and building things on my spare time. Occasionally do some photography as well.

5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
Constant critique and criticism from the people I work with.

6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
Keep at it.

7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
Keep at it. We’ve all heard that if you spend 10,000 hours doing something you’ll master whatever it is you’re doing. Well, if you spend 10,000 hours doing something I think you’ve only begun to scratch the surface. So keep at it. The first thing you make won’t ever be perfect, but keep doing it and doing it and eventually you’ll have something you’re really proud of.

8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
Not so much a personal website but you can check out www.lumberjackplayingcards.com… maybe order a deck or two ;)

9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Save a Tree. Eat a Beaver.

10. And finally, I would like to give you this opportunity to share three to five images and tell us a little about each.

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Photo 1: Our cat had most of her teeth removed (cat tooth surgery is a real thing it turns out). The Vet gave us pain pills to give her, but of course the cat doesn’t understand that we’re trying to help her so she was very reluctant to take them. This is the result.
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Photo 2: Girlfriend and I walking out of house, she turns to me and says “look we got clovers growing in our yard, I wonder if there’s a four-leaf clover in there”. I  look at her and say “pffft, four-left clovers don’t exist”. OF COURSE she instantly finds one in the sea of clovers. Still haven’t heard the end of that one yet.
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Photo 3: Wait another cat photo? Yep. After her surgery, Ellie has a hard time keeping her tongue in her mouth.

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