This interview with degoose is from the September 2011 issue of our eMag
1. How did you first get started working with wood?
Well Ms Debbie, quite a few years ago, we needed a wall unit, for the TV, in a house we had just bought… it was an older house and we wanted solid timber furniture… well, the pieces I liked, we could not afford and what we could afford, we really did not like… so I said to my wife, “If I had a router, I could build us a unit…. what is so hard about that…” Little did I know just what I was getting myself..
2. What was it about woodworking that initially caught your interest, enticing you to get into it at the level you are now?
I have always been interested in timber furniture, the colour, the grain, the almost sensual feel … smooth and soft and still living…. I knew I wanted to be able to make furniture and items from wood… I just didn’t know how…
3. Tell us a bit of history of your journey from that beginning to where you are today
I never had the time or money, or the know how to make my own…So I went to the library and started reading about how to make furniture…and am proud of being self-taught.
So from that rather naive beginning, reading magazines, buying books and watching every woodworking/home improvement show on TV… yes the TV was in the Unit I built… It has since been replaced as well as a few houses along the way…Each house was sold to buy a bigger workshop… with a house …I made a mistake of telling friends what I was doing and they all wanted something built… so each time I sold a piece, I took the profit and bought another tool….and learnt how to use it..It certainly has not been any easy road… but then if it was easy everyone would be doing it…
I keep learning and I try to keep improving my skills and I think it shows in my work..
4. What inspires you regarding wood creations?
My early inspirations came from watching Norm Abrams and David J Marks… now I am inspired by some of the wonderful woodworkers on Lumberjocks.
Again I have a large collection of books including David Savage’s latest… “Furniture with Soul” and Darrell Peart’s “Greene & Greene.. Design Elements for the Workshop.” from which I draw inspiration
I am particularly taken with Asian inspired design and have some projects in the works with this theme..
I seem to be moving towards culinary woodwork… woodwork for the kitchen/dining rooms.
5. What are the greatest challenges that you have met along the way? (and how did you overcome them)
Initially, my greatest challenge was not having any training or knowledge, so it was reading and watching… the second thing was the fact that I had no tools… apart from the router that I told my wife I needed to make furniture… a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.. I though I could do everything with a router…..I had to borrow a circular saw to start with…
Now I own a fully equipped workshop…
6. What is the greatest reward that you have received from woodworking?
I think the recognition I have received on this site from all the members … teaching my first class online and this request for an interview…
7. What is your favourite tool that you use for woodworking?
Well I would have to say the Router…lol… but seriously I do not have a favourite tool… I love all my toys.. er… tools equally…
8. What is your favourite creation in/for your woodworking?
I would have to say that my most favourite project was the curved weave trivet.
9. What tips would you give to someone just starting out or currently struggling with woodworking?
Number one tip would be have fun and play safe…enjoy your woodworking journey.
Do not be afraid to ask questions,
Do give everything a try… even if it is not great … it will be…keep trying..
10. How did you find LumberJocks and what is it that keeps you coming back?
I lucked out while using Google… I lurked around for a while before joining… I think that many of us keep coming back because it is overall a very friendly, helping, sharing and caring website.. I know I have made many many friends on here and many of them keep inspiring me…and I believe I have a lot to share…so I will be here as long the members want me..
It is amazing… I can not think of a time before LJs…
Thanks to degoose for this interview and for all he does here at LumberJocks.com
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)