This blog is a way to exercise my woodworking muscles when I can’t be in the shop. While The Glue Dries sounds better than (longing for shop time because I have two little girls, a wonderful wife, a day job, a house to maintain, blah, blah, blah…). It also sets me up for when I do get shoptime and I’m writing while the glue is actually drying.
The ultimate goal is to be in my 50s and no longer working for The Man but building furniture. I hope this blog stays with me as my woodworking evolves. But let’s back up since you probably don’t know me.
I spent my mid to late 20s reading good books (On The Road, Siddhartha, Rule of the Bone), seeing good concerts (DMB, Phish, Keller), and learning to use inexpensive power tools as I worked on a great 1940s Cape Cod.
I lived in Cincinnati, Ohio (Glendale actually) and found it a great place for woodworkers. My home was in walking distance of the largest Woodcraft in the country and a Rockler just across the street. Within 30 minutes I could be at one of several hardwood dealers – not to mention Midwest Woodworking. I passed this place ump-teen hundred times without going in. Schwarz never let the cat out of the bag until I left. I moved to Cleveland in 2012 and I’m still getting my woodworking bearings straight.
I’ve spent my early thirties reading about woodworking and changing my philosophy on many things (goals, social status, consumerism, monotony, etc.). Good Woodworking blogs now consume the time I was reading books. Concerts are few and far between but that’s because I don’t have the time, not because I’ve given up music. The inexpensive power tools are on Craig’s List, with the Goodwill, or in a landfill (sadly). My shop is now filled with an amalgam of Festool, Lie-Nielsen, Veritas, etc. with a small amount of bits and bops from Josh Clark’s wallet-shrinking Hyperkitten site. Oh, and I also have puzzles, a Melissa & Doug workbench (eat your heart our Roubo), a pink headlight with fairies on it, and two devilishly cute apprentices.
I hope to give back to the blogging community a small portion of what I’ve gained. So sit back and get ready for snarky commentary, inside jokes, and unsolicited woodworking advice from a regular Dude just tryin to abide.