In this video, Nick Pancheau from Billings, MT shares his thoughts on marketing and branding for your business. He has worked hard, not only to design his furniture product line, but also to develop a strong marketing plan and brand image. Nick’s site is a great example of what a good website should be. It is clean, functions smoothly, and represents the style of his work very well. You can see it at PareFurniture.com When you visit Nick’s site, be sure to drop him a line of...
In this video, Scott Enloe, a woodwright from Great Falls, Montana, gives some insight into his business and shares with us some good advice on the business of woodworking. You can see Scott’s gallery of work at www.ScottsBoatWorks.com. He does some pretty nice work building everything from fine furniture to strip canoes that have been featured in Playboy Magazine. Bet I got your attention now, don’t I? Strip Canoe…Playboy…it’s just too funny but true:) ...
I this video, woodworker Brad Bernhart of Red Lodge, Montana shares a little about his business, the importance of lean manufacturing, and where he sells his work. Check out Brad’s website www.EarlyWoodDesigns.com to see his wonderfully designed and custom made kitchen utensils. Take note: his site is a great example of what a good website should be for a business. When you check out his site, drop Brad a line saying “Thanks” for the great information that he has gener...
In this video I answer one of the most common questions that I get from woodworkers: How do I sell my woodworking projects? In this video I share how I sell my work, but since this is just one point of view, I also interviewed 3 other woodworkers and I will release what they share in the next videos that follow. Even though we are all woodworkers, we all build different things and have different experiences in selling our items. This will provide a lot more information and inspiration t...
Constructing passage doors can seem intimidating. In this video I share with you how I built a custom door and demystify the process of door construction. One of the ideas that I really want to impress on everybody is this: Don’t be intimidated by new projects. When approaching a new project, most of the woodworking actions needed for it, you have done on other projects. By recognizing this, you create the mindset you need to build something that seems intimidating such as a door. I hop...
Check it out! The current issue of WOOD Magazine (May 2014, Issue 225) has a good article on designing projects and building prototypes. The article contains 6 points on the process of taking a project through the design and prototyping, to a finished project. The staff at WOOD Magazine asked me to contribute information on how I design and use prototypes. For the article they ended up using a picture of me building a full-scale cardboard fireplace for a client, and a key quote for the ...
I recently converted my single stage dust collector into a 2-stage system using the Super Dust Deputy by Oneida. In this video I share my initial impressions and performance of the system. Click Here For Video I do not cover all the modifications but you will see the overall setup and I give a basic price breakdown of the cost. I will cover the specifics of my conversion in the future. If you have been thinking of getting a Super Dust Deputy to convert your single stage DC into a 2-s...
With the release of my latest article in WOOD magazine on design, it prompted more requests for a video on designing and how I find inspiration. In this video I share the lifestyle habits I have that allow me to keep finding inspiration, recording those ideas, and developing the designs. For an example, I share how I turned a Japanese torii gate into a stairwell barrier, bucking the standard design of newell posts, balusters, and handrail. While the subject of designing can get pretty d...
The October 2013 issue of WOOD Magazine is now on the stands and inside you will find my latest article. One of the most frequent questions I receive is how do I get inspiration for my designs. This is also a topic the editors at WOOD Magazine get requests for, so they asked if I would share a page on how I get inspiration for design. The topic of design and getting inspiration can actually become a pretty lengthy topic and a very complex one which can easily fill a book. But we boi...
I “grew up” woodworking with power tools since my background is in remodeling. Hand planes and other hand tools of the like are not where I come from, however, it does not mean that I cannot or do not like using them. One of my favorite hand tools is a hand plane made by woodworker Mike Shea from California. It is uncomplicated in both it’s function and design. It has a black walnut sole that glides on wood surfaces like it is on wet ice. I have purchased manufactured ha...
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