"Why a Christmas tree in summer?" you may ask. (My neighbor Lee just asked me this yesterday!)"It's NOT a Christmas tree." I replied "It's an 'All Season' tree. And it makes me happy ALL YEAR LONG."Isn't that what life is all about? Isn't that the focus of ALL of our lives?Living well and being happy. Seeing those we love smile. Enjoying what every beautiful day brings our way. These are goals that most of us strive to achieve e...
I frequently hear from my partner Keith that I create projects and then “make work” for myself. He says this because I am not really satisfied with creating one version of a project. If I envision the projects several different ways, I can’t help myself but to make them all. I know that isn’t the most efficient way to work, but it is part of me that can’t be helped. I figure if I can picture it several different ways, then others will appreciate having the ch...
Entry period of the LJ Woodworking Awards Summer 2013 is now officially open and will close on July 31st. Here’s the theme: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bandsaw Box With A Twist – “A bandsaw box with a twist”, you say? What kind of twist – an actual twist? A secret compartment? A beautiful inlay? A piece of jewelry? What? Well, it’s your bandsaw box, your project, and your twist! Surprise us with your Awards entry. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1056: Another Site Update With Several New Patterns
I am happy to say that yesterday we completed another site update. Even though I have done many projects that needed to be shipped off the the magazine lately, which meant that I couldn’t sell them just yet to my own customers, I am getting new projects released all the time that I am able to put up on the site and have new items for everyone to make. It all balances out, I suppose. Another thing that helps is having a partner. When I am working on a painting pattern or something t...
Blah, summer schlummer! I have somewhat of a problem next week. As you may have read in my previous blog posts, I am a furniture making student and whereas most students look forward to their summer break, I am dreading it. I have 10 terrible weeks away from woodworking….or do I? I have several non-woodworking commitments I have to dedicate myself to throughout the summer break such as continuing my Swedish language course, a wedding and oh yeah…I need to renovate my apar...
The results are in and it’s time to officially announce the winners of the LumberJocks Woodworking Awards. The winning projects were selected from the 17 “Personal Picnic Butler” submissions in an online voting held from August 1 to August 7. 84 votes were cast during this period. And here are the winning projects… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Winner – 136 points – $500 Cash Prize Runner-Up – 134 points – $200 Cash Prize ...
Awards entry period is over and we ended up with 18 entries in ‘Personal Picnic Butler’ category. Now it’s time to pick your top 5 list and cast your votes. Voting deadline is on August 7th at 3 PM CDT. Please note that if you submitted an Awards entry, you will not see your project listed on the voting page. (You are not allowed to vote for yourself.) So don’t panic – others can pick your entry without any problems. The results will be announced on Aug...
Entry period of the LJ Woodworking Awards Summer 2012 is now officially open and will close on July 31st. Here’s the theme again: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Personal Picnic Butler – Summertime means outdoor eating and outdoor eating often means having a plate and a beverage in hand and no where to set them down – until now! Build your version of a “personal picnic butler”, some type of plate and beverage holder for outdoor eating. Perh...
Tis the season to start planning your upcoming summer picnic. Our 2012 LumberJocks Summer Awards are officially here so it’s time get busy again. As always, we are looking for not only the skills involved in the build but the creativity as well. Be sure to describe your project as this is an important component of the Awards selection process which will be done by your fellow LumberJocks. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Category: Personal Picnic Butler – ...
The results are in and it’s time to officially announce the winners of the LumberJocks Woodworking Awards. The winning projects were selected from the 53 “Birds of a Feather” submissions in an online voting held from August 1 to August 7. 119 votes were cast during this period. And here are the winning projects… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Winner – 180 points – $500 Cash Prize Runner-Up – 161 points – $200 Cash Prize F...
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