When it comes to sharing woodworking with my grandkids, I keep it simple. In fact, I really don’t care if they take a shine to woodworking, I would just rather they get the opportunity to be creative. When they come over for a visit, they don’t ask if they can do woodworking, they just ask, “Can we build?” At this point, I have done very few structured projects, I usually just let the kids have at it with the bin of wood scraps. Kids don’t need to be to...
I Really Quit! Since I made my announcement to quit working as a contractor, I have been working my butt off to finish up the projects that I have obligations to. I really did quit taking new jobs as a contractor, and I dropped other projects that I had been looking at, but had no legal obligation to. The other day I finished installing a 17’ banquette for a new restaurant in town. It was the second one I have done for them, and the project had been in the pipeline for a couple of mo...
My Birthday: A Catalyst for Change I just turned 50. Yeah, that’s right – 50. Hitting this benchmark in life, has made me take a look at where I am at, where I am going, and if I am on course to achieve my goals. The fact is, I am not, and I realized that I need to do something radical to change my direction in order to meet my goals. Hooked From the Beginning I made my first post on the LumberJock community in May 2007 and I posted my first YouTube video at the end...
This has been a long time coming, but I have been gearing up to produce more woodworking video. I just released a video announcing the new channel HERE. My new YouTube channel: The American Craftsman Workshop Open Question: Is it no longer possible to embed video here? I hope you check out the new ACW channel and subscribe! Your friend in the shop- Todd A. ClippingerShare the Love-Share the Knowledge
I love talking to other woodworkers and hearing how their journey in the craft started. I recently met Madison Swords, and I just loved his story of how he got started in woodworking, so I had to share it with you. Madison is a self-taught woodworker and he learned everything from YouTube. I was not only impressed with that, but the fact that he choose to go the hand tool route, and his for his first furniture project, he choose to tackle a Greene & Greene side table. I was absolutely ...
I rarely get time to participate in the movements of the woodworking community at large, as everything seems to hit right at the worst moments with my business schedule. But this year, for Get Woodworking Week I was able to crank out a video to share some thoughts on getting into the shop and starting your woodworking journey. Check it out HERE. I hope you enjoy! Your friend in the shop,Todd A. ClippingerShare the Love – Share the Knowledge
In this video we visit my good friend Nick Pancheau. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUsin7SB7zw Nick has taken one of his side table designs to the next level by adding a textured pattern with a CNC machine and he explains to us the inspiration and process in creating the design. You can see Nick’s work at Pare Furniture+Design and you can follow him on FaceBook and Instagram. The project design was inspired by Jeff Martin, a furniture maker from Vancouver, British Columb...
It was one year ago that I converted my single stage dust collector into a two stage system. In this video I share the final tweaks and changes to my dust collection system. Find out some of the things I did that worked, and did not work, as I modified my dust collector. I hope that by sharing my experience, others will find it helpful as they make decisions for their own dust collection system. Your friend in the shop, Todd A. Clippinger Share the Love-Share the Knowledge ...
There is a new series on PBS that focuses on the American craftsman and how they make a living with their hands titled “A Craftsman’s Legacy.”. In this video I talk to Eric Gorges, who is the host of the show. Eric gives us some insight to the meaning behind this series and why he wants to throw a spotlight on the under-appreciated craftsman and artisans in America. To find out more about the new series “A Craftsman’s Legacy” on your PBS station, you ...
In this video, Nick Pancheau from Billings, MT shares his thoughts on marketing and branding for your business. He has worked hard, not only to design his furniture product line, but also to develop a strong marketing plan and brand image. Watch Nick Pancheau Interview The Business of WoodworkingNick’s site is a great example of what a good website should be. It is clean, functions smoothly, and represents the style of his work very well. You can see it at PareFurniture.com When y...
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