If you are reading this post you probably already know live edge furniture has become very popular over the last couple years, and for good reason. In order to escape the particle board import furniture you find at the retail store, people have been drawn to the unique beauty of a live edge table. In every piece is the history of where it came from and how it became your inspiration. The problem is, a large slab needs to be dried slowly over a period of several years in order to ensure the...
I finally got a bit caught up with my sleep. The last couple of days have been odd. I suppose getting up so early has something to do with it, coupled with the time spent at the saw. Yesterday I felt a bit tense, like everything was going on too quickly and I wasn’t able to keep up with things. Every time I tried to sit down and work, something else would pop up that needed my attention. As time passed on, I felt more and more anxiety because I know I wanted to get to a certain poin...
As you may have read from a previous post, I had an order for some cheese boards to be sold at a farmers market at the Big Pineapple on the Sunshine Coast…Richard and Julie came by the workshop and perused my stock and in the end there were quite a few boards ordered including a few chopping boards and some sushi boards. [17 items all up]Deb and I went up to the Grand Re-Opening to have a look [and take some pics for you to see] That is the Big Pineapple… a tourist attraction s...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #515: Baby Steps Can Take Longer, But the Results Are Often Worth It
It seems that I am out of the gate quite early this morning. I wouldn’t think I would have been because I was simply exhausted last night and could barely keep my eyes open. But I awoke today well before 5 am and it was one of those times when there was no point in staying in bed anymore and I figure I may as well get something done and take advantage of the extra time. So here I am. I don’t remember having much difficulty adjusting to time changes before. Perhaps I am gett...
Dealing with Objections Part 2 Often times when selling, we encounter other objections than price objections or the customer wanting time to think about the purchase. What do you do if you get a downright “No” when you close the sale? Or what if the customer is reluctant to change the status quo? Maybe your competition is a larger better equipped shop and your prospect has objections to your capabilities or lead times. What...
Are we always prepared for this season, this year I guess ,but not for heating the shop. If you don’t generate enough scrap wood to have a wood stove like me, but then look at the fire hazard with heating with wood. And then Kerosene is $ 4.29 a gal and then the smell, Propane is another alternative I have used, but I haven’t priced that this year yet, and then it’s the money that isn’t coming in as it has in the past, along with the work orders either, We just need t...
I will have 5 pieces showing at the 2011 WORKS in WOOD. The 11th Annual Exhibition opens on November 12th at New Hope Arts’ Robin Larsen Gallery ,2 Stockton Ave, New Hope, PA. This featured event on the roster of New Hope Arts important juried shows includes the work of thirty artists in the medium with objects ranging from furniture to vessels and sculpture. Two nationally recognized artists in the New Hope School’s longstanding tradition of woodwork, Mira Nakashima-...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #512: Being Productive and Helping a Friend
I finally got around to doing some drawing yesterday. It seems like it has been a long time since I have done that. Much too long as far as I am concerned. But things just need to be done and get in the way and I find that the time to draw and create seems to be something that doesn’t always come easy. As I look around this morning, there is a bit more clutter than I prefer to have around. To be honest, it is quite messy here and I need to take an hour and turn up the stereo and d...
Yesterday was the perfect day to take a short day trip. Although it was cool out, the sky was clear and the sun was warm and there were still places that had trees with remnants of autumn leaves remaining. It was probably one of the last remaining times we would get that way this year, as we woke up to a thick layer of frost which reminded us that winter’s snow is not far off. The gallery shop that Keith had his pens at had closed for the season, its last day being Monday, and the t...
I recently finished working on a cutting algorithm app for the iPad and iPhone called Smart Cutter, and wanted to share the app with every one hoping get some feedback from carpenters and wood workers. Smart Cutter finds the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper with minimum scrap. It employs a state of the art algorithm to generate the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper, wood, cloth or any other material, with minimum waste. Whether y...
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