It’s been awhile, fellow jocks. Too long, if I do say so myself. So, let’s get up to speed. The last time I rambled to you fine folks, I had made the decision to transition out of journalism and into carpentry. Since I couldn’t get into the local tech school thanks to a few missed deadlines, I got hooked up with a rough carpentry crew thinking I’d learn some basic skills that would pay off down the road when I finally own and renovate my own home. So much for that; ...
Taking a break from a disastrous Christmas-present-making effort and wanted to just spend a moment saying “thanks.” In my industry, I spend a lot of time online; Facebook, Twitter, message boards, blogs and so on and so forth. Long before I discovered the joy of woodworking and tool ownership, I was a gadget geek and spent a lot of time interacting on related websites. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, both professionally and socially, over the years, it’...
I got involved building chairs with the Lumber to Legacy project in Albany, OR. Here’s the story in their local paper. Lumber to Legacy Some high schools kids helped us build this cafe chair design. I wrote to the paper explaining my involvement. “I wanted to respond further as to why I did this class for the kids. I love to teach and this was another opportunity to be with a group that doesn’t get the attention they deserve. Education in the applied arts is mostly for...
I just got notification of this school opening a woodworking program and the workshop is going to available to the community. here is the article
BEYOND THE BASICS- Taking your woodwoking to the next level #1: Building a new mindset -- 3 tools needed to be a better woodworker
Teaching a seminar at The Woodworking Show in Portland, OR I know I am somewhat new to Lumberjocks, but I can already see that this forum is a gold mine of support, inspiration and community—my kind of people! It is therefore, my desire to do my part in this group of like-minded friends, by starting off an extensive educational series I’ve recently prepared entitled: “BEYOND THE BASICS—Taking your woodworking to the next level” The series will include many ad...
Craftspeople, Artists, Artisans! Are you concerned about the state of arts education in our schools? Does your craft have an application to primary or secondary schools subjects? My name is Rodney Hopkins; currently I am working towards my Master’s Degree in Education at Prescott College. Specifically, I am investigating the classroom applications of crafts. Since many minds are smarter than one, I am conducting a survey of craftspeople and artists to see where they have...
Good week for struggles and not-quite-there-yets in the woodshop this week. Three projects left the floor complete. The first, chalkboard that has been wind-blown, vandalized and otherwise destroyed three times. We’ll see if it sticks this time. Here’s the link to the photo- for some reason the picture loader isn’t working…. The other two projects I failed to take a picture of. On Mon or Tues, I’ll put up a picture of those two projects. spent a majority of my t...
Pictures can be seen at my “professional” blog – www.woodshopcowboy.com Two weeks ago, my colleague and I had an interesting revelation. While installing a basketball hoop, we had extra cement. I had a shovel-ready stimulus bill waiting for him. It’s a empty tire (the rims lost to another project) with a wood bottom/plug. The metal thing in the middle is some sort of salvaged structural bracket which can hold a two inch pole of PVC or galvanized piping. Two e...
Some pictures of the tail – I’ll be working with the students today, so I will post some new pics we finish up. We are Car 170 in the Houston Art Parade this year.
...have been thrown in so far. I’ve had about thirty kids place hands on it so far, including to visually-impaired students today. I didn’t expect them so I didn’t prep anything for them to do. After a little scrounging around, I was able to get them to do the sanding/masking work on the rims. Last week saw the finished paintjob. The blue paint took around three coats to cover well, while the yellow pinstripe was created using masking tape and Rustoleum Pro Yellow spr...
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