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Blog series by StevenAntonucci updated 1323 days ago 6 parts 7129 reads 22 comments total

Part 1: Entering the realm...

2526 days ago by StevenAntonucci | 6 comments »

How does one set about becoming a craftsman? (I’ll hold off on the ideas of craft vs. art for now) Typically, the desire to make something is within all of us. Whether it is in our DNA or just our culture, we all have creative capabilities that manifest themselves in different ways. Some paint. Some sculpt. Some of us choose wood as our medium. I think it’s pretty common to see people approach woodworking with a “let’s see what happens” attitude. My p...

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Part 2: Making "new things"

2173 days ago by StevenAntonucci | 3 comments »

As a woodturner, I have seen my work go from about being about to about being more complex. I don’t quite know what happened to make that change, but I just simply lost the interest (for now) in making simple things. I found it pretty funny, since I began turning for the exact opposite reason. I could go to the lathe and make something that was pretty nice (by my standards at that time) in an hour. I had started in woodworking via the traditional means of making furniture and box...

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Part 3: Digging yourself out of a turner's rut

1985 days ago by StevenAntonucci | 5 comments »

I’m in a rut. I’ve gotten to the point where I can usually produce a hollowform in an hour of two, which means I can make 2-3 a day if I want to, but I really don’t want to. Why? Beacause I don’t want to do “production work”? What is production work? To me, it’s work where the creativity is decided one time, and then executed many times. We need production work- spindles for staircases, utility bowls- for our every day lives, but it doesn̵...

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Part 4: Stewardship of our Materials (Part 1)

1776 days ago by StevenAntonucci | 3 comments »

With the recent passing of the master of this topic, I thought it might make sense to post some thoughts on an idea that we should all be thinking about when we work with wood. As woodworkers, we are stewards of the materials that we use. They are a natural resource and the work we produce will hopefully extend their time on earth, and perhaps even ours. I watched David Marks interview James Krenov on Woodworks, and he made a comment that didn’t sink in immediately. He had a bookm...

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Part 5: Seeking outside influences

1351 days ago by StevenAntonucci | 3 comments »

It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I am back. If you want to be a great woodworker, you need to learn to find outside influences. It is certain that we all start by developing tool skills and following plans, but somewhere along the way, we want to develop our own style. How can you do this? The best answer to this question is to stop looking at other woodworkers and seek outside influences! It may sound counter-intuitive, but all great artisans have to develop the...

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Part 6: Making stuff...

1323 days ago by StevenAntonucci | 2 comments »

As an artisan, I am starting to realize that I just like making stuff. Even more so, I don’t really feel fulfilled unless I am making things. I think that this has slowly been brewing in my subconscious for a number of years. As a woodturner, I started buying tools to turn with. Later on, I developed an interest in hollow turning, and a lot of these tools are much better suited to be homemade instead of purchased (costs, customization, convenience…) I made tools because I N...

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