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Charles Rohlfs Oak Desk, Stickley Ellis Table & Iconic Crafts, Nelson Atkins Art Gallery Kansas City

801 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 23 comments »

Wow! I made it, I finally made it, and oh what a surprise to find a museum with Iconic Furniture pieces intermixed with a lot of European, Asian, Native American, Egyptian, and some strange Contemporary Stuff that someone else calls “art”. ————————- WARNING: If you are easily offended by my silly notions of what looks good and is well built, please don’t read any farther. I’m just giving my opinions, that is what ...

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Teaching the Building of a Powder Horn with Scrimshaw Engraving at the John Campbell Folk School

1162 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 4 comments »

Since posting my work on Lumberjocks, I have received a huge number of requests for help and advice on the building of powder horns and doing the scrimshaw artwork to decorate the horn. And, honestly, I can’t really help everyone, as I have to work in the shop myself, so I have accepted an invitation to teach a Powder Horn Building and Scrimshaw Decoration Class at the John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. The date will be mid-July in 2012, and it is planned for a five day cla...

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Breaking the Silence; Teaching Family Casket Building at the J. Campbell Folk School in 2011

1598 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 10 comments »

—————————————— UPDATE 3-28-2012: MISSION CASKET BOOK & PLANS AVAILABLE:After Posting my Casket Stories and Photos on Lumberjocks, I have been overwhelmed by the response from readers. There is quite a long thread of folks wanting to build their own casket, or wanting to build one for a close friend or family member. There are many reasons a person would build their own casket, including saving money...

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The Ants and the Fire – A True Story from my Woodshop

1916 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 20 comments »

This Blog entry has nothing to do with woodworking, other than it involves firewood, my woodshop woodstove, and my thoughts as a woodworker looking for some heat this week, and ultimately expresses a better understanding of another Woodworker’s life. I guess that counts, so I hope you’ll stick with me to the end, this is a true story, I didn’t make this up. This week we’ve had some unusually cold weather, and then warm, and then cold again. I was able to put up six pickup truck l...

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Art for Life, Buying Handmade, The Economy Optimist, & a website called "buyhandmade.org"

1963 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 15 comments »

I’m sort of sad this week. It’s just frustrating to me, what is happening now. In the big sense, and the little Lumberjock sense. An artist and L-J’er that I greatly admire, Thomas Angle, can’t find anyone to buy his work, and he has shut down his business operation That sort of just stinks, and should be a huge red flag for any of the rest of us that try to sell our handmade work for a living. He can work leather, and combine it with wood like few have ever d...

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Selling Your Crafts & Art on the Internet: My new Strategy with Crosslinked Lumberjocks & Etsy.com

2001 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 30 comments »

There is an ongoing debate about whether Lumberjocks should be the focus of a marketing plan by professional woodworkers. There are quite a few professionals on this site now, all of us trying to make a living. I define “professional” as someone that makes all, or most of their income from their woodworking and craft work. Selling something once in a while from your hobby work really has nothing in common with “having” to sell something every day to buy food and s...

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Making Technology Progress into the Wildblue, in the Midst of an Economic Crisis and Bailouts

2044 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 11 comments »

I was tracking back hits to my website this morning, and one of them came from my previous blog. So, I read my own blog again, since I couldn’t remember exactly what I had written. In that Blog, I talked about two things:1. My lack of communication technology to run my business2. A visit from a commissioned customer Well, I’m still working on the commissioned project. Might be able to finish it up next week. I’m a little behind on it, but the drop-dead deadline is...

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Internet Business, and A Visit from Father Hein, Who was Checking Progress on His Commissioned Work

2069 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 9 comments »

Dealing with Internet Business:I haven’t had much time to blog this year. Blogging is fine, I like it, but honestly, who has time to read my dribble? I get enough encouragement to continue blogging that I make time for it when I can, but it has been awhile. Ever since Google started to find my lumberjocks postings in the Spring of this year, I’ve been pretty busy. Google had always fround my postings, and my website but the ratings were apparently so low on their list that...

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Progress Photos: Building Rachel's Woodie Hoop (round wood toy inspired by a hoola hoop)

2121 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 24 comments »

With all of the “Hoopla” associated with my recent blog, and Quixote's Project posting on the subject, I just about had to submit and build the toy for her. After all, using the thorough 2-Step plans she provided, how hard could it be? Well, just count all of the Steps I used, and add up the dollar amount of all of the tools I used in the process, and it’s a pretty daunting little project, for a fact. Sure, buying a plastic ring at the big department store would be ch...

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Hat Making Tools: New Rounding Jacks with the newly designed brass blade holders

2121 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 3 comments »

This is a short blog, I hope, to show some work I was able to get built this week in the shop for a commissioned project. - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - - This tool is a Rounding Jack used to trim the brims of hats, and will be used by a discerning hat maker. In this exciting development, I have comp...

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