Hi everybody, and thanks for the welcome!!
I was surprised to see that I managed to “get on board” (no pun intended, unless it’s select pine). This looks like a very informative and entertaining place to be informed. There’s so much stuff in this blog that I’m simply overwhelmed.
Looks like it’ll be in for a helluvalot of fun. Certainly much more fun than having to explain to my wife that I need another can of dark walnut or red mahogony thanks to some perpetually professional klutziness when it comes to keeping the damn stuff away from ledges. Actually begging for the stains is the easy part; the “fun” part comes when I have to explain why i’m staining frescoes on the basement floor ala Michaelangelo. (Well, not quite, but y’know.)
As my “profile” (no, the one hanging on every post office wall) indicates, I’m very much into building natitivy creches along similar lines to the really nice Alpine styled creches made by woodworkers in the Oberammergau region of Bavaria.
Now, if I could only get my “people” to look better than something resembling what might come out of design community (dominated by the PC Polizei!) I’ve served on a campus committee like the just lampooned at Mount Holyoke College, and I reporteth from below the rotted out floor boards of hell, or crumbling chunks of (stained) basement cement that anything designed by a PC Polizei Kommittee will definetly not make it into a carver’s hall of fame.
My biggest challenges center around the brave new world of cyberworkmanship and literary hunting techniques to make friends with a reliable agent so as to be able to get a book I’ve eager to see make it into print: A “DIY” or how-to book on building creches. There are very few, and I mean very few books in English dealing with this subject, and can’t help to think of so many folks like myself who really get into this kind of woodworking who are scratching their heads trying to make heads or tails out of those long Teutonic words.
Even more discouraging is the paltry amount of books helping beginners that American creche-builders have at their disposal within our college libraries. If I can’t find many around the Five Colleges (UMass Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire colleges) the chances of finding any in other colleges and universities doesn’t look too promising. Well, I the Univ. of Dayton (OH) has a special Marian and Nativity Creche institute and “hall of fame,” but there’s pretty slim pickin’s elsewhere. So, in between getting my hands full of gooey moss, sawdust, and even real dirt to gussy up (or should I say down), and cruzin’ the web-wires, and of course, being a good husband/father, I’m quite limited when it comes to finding the necessary time to learn the ABCs and Ps & Qs of marketing.
Well, I did manage to find time to post this first blog entry. But that’s because my youngest son, who’s a computer game freak (yes I know, I failed as a father for not giving him a 2×6 upside his head to wake him up as to the limits of cybercrap versus God’s good lumber! On the other hand, he sometimes manages to get some excellent scrap pieces from his Voke school. He’s not beyond hope because he at least has a good idea for a 16 year old when it comes to basic woodworking skills. Hope still abounds!