I’ve always known that I really should be blogging about my woodworking life, but sometimes the thought of starting yet another project (demanding a lot of my time) in the face of so many other things that have immediate priority, has s...
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Location: Stevensville, Montana
I am a woodworking designer, artisan, craftsman and teacher. I am passionate about creative artistic expression and love to help others to discover their own creativity. I believe we all are lifelong learners, and the more I share with others, the more I am challenged to grow and expand in my own craft.
Every morning I wake up and realize how blessed I am to go to work doing what I love. We live a simple lifestyle in beautiful Western Montana, where my 2,500 sq. ft shop looks directly at the majestic Bitterroot Mountain Range.
As a woodworker, I love the term "Artisan" as it blends the ideas of "technical craft" with "artistic creativity and expression". Hence, an Artisan is one who is both deeply rooted in the tradition and skill of his craft as well as one who pursues qualities of abstraction and interpretation.
At my school (www.chidwickschool.com) my emphasis is to train students to embrace both the mastery of technical skills as well as the development of the artist heart.
I am looking forward to meeting new friends, sharing with others the knowledge and passion I have, and learning from a great community of like-minded people.
For those of you who are interested, I am offering a Lumberjocks special $30 discount on my live on-line "cyber school" classes. We have three different chair building classes this year, For more information or to register go to http://chidwickschool.com and enter "LJ2012" when you register.
-- Andy Chidwick, Chidwickschool.com
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Hey Lumberjocks, we are traveling the country for 4 months while being part of The Woodworking Shows. As we travel, we are meeting other woodworkers and visiting unique places and telling the stories of what we experience along the way. here is ...
Quick tips with The Woodworking Coach #2: Flattening a board with the help of hot glue and laminate shims
Here’s my take on a common challenge, how to flatten a wide board when you don’t have a wide jointer. I acknowledge up front that this is not including methods of flattening with hand tools, but rather, a practical method for the wood...
So, this summer I’ve been busy with classes, client work and additional prototype designs for a new gallery, a museum exhibit and future class designs, as well as compiling content for some plans and templates I’m creating. Somewhere ...
BEYOND THE BASICS- Taking your woodwoking to the next level #1: Building a new mindset -- 3 tools needed to be a better woodworker
Teaching a seminar at The Woodworking Show in Portland, OR I know I am somewhat new to Lumberjocks, but I can already see that this forum is a gold mine of support, inspiration and community—my kind of people! It is therefore, my desire ...