Hello everyone. If this has been covered before, my apologies but hey, maybe it is time for a refresher on the subject or a chance for new members to respond. I recently was thinking of all the diverse skill and knowledge along with all the participation on this site. I got to thinking about why all us woodworkers have joined and stayed. Then I got to thinking it would be interesting to hear how everyone found out about Lumber Jocks in the first place. I actually stumbled on to LJs a co...
Nairi Safaryan was born in 1958 in the town of Shushi located in the Karabagh region of Armenia. Nairi’s childhood is filled with memories of carving wooden toys, drawing and creating chalk sculptures. In 1996, Safaryan was invited to participate in two exhibitions at the Yerevan’s Folk Art Museum and honored with the title of Folk Master. This honor was bestowed on him not only because he had reached the level of Master Woodcarver, but because Safaryan’s work has a special charm that dis...
Most amateurs (at anything) would love to be able to turn their passion into an occupation. Imagine making your living by getting lost in your hobby! I have never met a dedicated fisherman who hadn’t wondered how they could get a salary out of fishing. Or the would-be chef who had not thought, “maybe there is a way to expand this into a business.How many hours have I found myself daydreaming of making beautiful rocking chairs or dining tables or woodturnings or blanket chests as f...
On the weekend, I attended the Woodstock Wood Show (see blog entry for more information) and during my time there I had the opportunity to speak with a few company representatives – including Keith Potts, Trainer, from Techtronic Industries North America, Inc. “TTI” is the umbrella organization that produces product lines including Ridgid, Ryobi, and Milwaukee Tools. The head office for TTI is located in South Carolina. The HistoryAmongst other product lines, TTI a...
This week, I had the privilege of speaking with Katie Surratt, the Marketting and Public Relations Associate at Microplane. _ Microplane is perhaps best known for their rasps, but there is so much more to this company. The HistoryThe company first began its journey making parts for dot-matrix printers. As the need for these parts began to disappear the company knew that they had to start building something else. The parts, which they had been making for the printers, were extr...
Just thought I’d put up a picture some of the Grad students made of everyone in the shop
Our toy making operation was published in the newspaper again. It seems that the article was published in Delaware Wave on December 17, 2008, Delaware Coast Press in December 18, 2008 and in the Daily Times in December 23, 2008 It is truly an honor to be a part of this group of dedicated workers who meet each Wed of the year to make toys for kids. They are distributed to different charities in the area for their distribution to the children of their client families. We make about 120...
McHenry Museum ———————————————————————————————————————— 15th Annual Woodworkers Exhibit Tuolumne River Woodworkers Association (TRWA) See wonderful works of “art” in wood. Turnings, furniture, chip carvings, and many other forms of w...
While searching up something else on the Google last night, I stumbled upon an exactly 900 day old post on our very own LJs site in which user ToolCrib asked the question Who are YOUR top five most influential woodworkers?. ToolCrib (Garrett) then went on to compile that list to his own site here. I thought I’d repost that effort on the 900th day as a little look back at who everyone thought was inspirational a few years ago, but then I fell asleep early, so here it is, 901 days later :)
There have been quite a few times that the long list of Wood Working Celebrities have commented on what it takes to become a good wood worker. The one common quote usually goes a little something like this. Stop (watching / reading, ) my (show / blog), getup and get into your shop and get woodworking This type of quote has been issued time and time again, and I realized that I have been sitting in my living room and watching these shows and reading these blogs more than I had gotten i...
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