I’m putting together a video series for Norwood Sawmills that’s all about wood – from tree to finished product. I’ll look at logging (from several perspectives), milling (from several perspectives), lumber treatment, and wo...
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San Juan Carpentry founder Scott Shaeffer works humbly from a converted horse barn in Arvada, Colorado. Not letting the lack of space hold him back, Scott practices a hands-on approach that goes against the grain (so to speak) in an industry full of patterns and automated jigs.
Scott is a proud native of Colorado. In fact, he has family that goes back 6 generations in the centennial state and he doesn’t plan on going anywhere. Scott first discovered the carpentry itch working as a set builder for his school theatre program starting in the 6th grade and has been growing ever since. Bill Alberts, owner of Rustic Style in Mancos, Colorado (whom Scott fondly refers to as his, “sensei”) introduced Scott to the craft in 2007.
After graduating from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor’s in Business Management, Scott struggled to find his way into the white-collared economy and decided to return to the hands-on lifestyle of crafting rustic furniture. He began by producing the San Juan Signature Bar Collection. He quickly added items to the collection such as pub and pedestal tables, and home bars. Now the Signature Collection includes furnishings and decor appropriate for all rooms in the house. Plus he’s added the Summit Collection, furniture made from beetle-killed pine, and Bob’s Collection, a variety of ultra-rustic, ultra-simple craft pieces made from scrap, drift wood, and reclaimed lumber.
Scott is also interested in pursuing and maintaining the greenest possible construction practices in the trade. Serving a local economy with local products made with local labor and materials is one of many steps to a greener business plan.
-- Scott Shaeffer, Owner - San Juan Carpentry
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“Urban Forestry” is the care of trees growing in or around a city. Most of these trees (millions of them) were planted by humans (land developers, landscapers, individuals, governments, etc.) so there are a huge variety of spec...
This silly story started Sunday evening when I was all jazzed up after watching my Broncos clinch their ticket to the Super Bowl! I decided I wanted to make a video for my YouTube channel that was Bronco related as a way of showing a little team s...
Fail is in the title but really, it was a success. I successfully learned a new a trick on the mill! And that’s a half glass full, people! See SanJuanCarpentry.com for more! If the video doesn’t appear, CLICK HERE to see it now!
So maybe this isn’t a butcher block glue-up in the traditional sense, but it is a very close relative with similar construction, design, and look. See how Scott has assembled butcher-block to be used to make bar stool seats! If the video ...