No job should be this much fun. I know I have said it before, and that some of you may think that I am exaggerating, but I find if anything, I tone it down. This past week and a half should be proof of that. In the last week and a half, I drew up seven new candle trays as well as a new project for the August issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine and pretty much got all the prototypes finished. I still have one more tray that I didn’t even really show you yet, but I wil...
Even though the majority of fretwork projects are pretty complex and elegant, I have always liked the charm of a more primitive style. There is something about the simplicity of primitive and country decorating that never fails to put a smile on my face. When I lived in the Chicago area, much of my house was decorated in a country style, and I thought that it had a warm and welcoming feeling to it. One of the fun things about being a designer is that I am able to explore many different ty...
The other day I received an email request and I thought some of you may be interested in it too. It is a survey from a marketing student from DePaul University in Chicago who is looking for woodworkers to participate. I believe it is only open for those of you who are in the United States. I attended DePaul for a year, majoring in music and my sister graduated from their business school with a masters degree. They are a reputable university and the survey is on the up and up. I took it...
I hope to post some of my work soon since I just joined. I do more primitive folk art work and am the queen of the Scroll saw. I hope to learn how to do more with miters and shelves etc. Also looking to hear what some of the other Lumber-jills are doing and are there any woman woodworkers in Wisconsin.
My wife really likes primitive country style furniture and fixtures. This is great for me because in most cases these are made from modestly priced woods that are easy on the tools. The usual materials are pine or poplar and they are painted with typical “historical” colors. I am the first to admit that these items are best matched to my woodworking skills. Simple and forgiving. Paint will cover a multitude of sins and my wife likes the colors. So for me it is a win-win situation....
(music by Two Dark Birds, animation by JuliaPott) It took Fred Jakubiec from Birdhouseaccents 25 years before he made building birdhouses his full-time job. It was well worth the wait. After 13 years as Area Supervisor at various fast food establishments, a stint at a steel mill and years of driving for Fed Ex, Fred decided working for other people just wasn’t fun anymore.He and his partner Lynn Patrick regularly took trips to Amish country to go thrifting and flea market shopping. D...
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