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Blog entry by Randy Price posted 04-30-2011 08:49 PM 1013 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My project posts have slowed to a crawl and so has my time in the shop; the last project post was over 5 months ago.

What gives?

One reason, a problem I’ve been encountering, is very clear to me and the second reason, which turns out to be a solution to the problem, was not so obvious and has been nagging at me all winter long.

The Problem

Woodworking plans for the style of projects I want to build are hard to find. I don’t know if you experience this same problem but would be interested in seeing your comments. The style I am referring to is not really a single style, rather the era of modern design beginning in the 20th century through current day.

The Solution

Since I could not find the plans I wanted, I decided to design them myself – at first rough drawings in the shop, then with Google SketchUp (an amazing program). From there I purchased a drawing program. The design process took on a life of its own and I found myself spending more time designing than building.

The Challenge

The solution to the problem keeping me out of the shop is now keeping me out of the shop as well. But I enjoy designing as well as building. Add in interests in computers, the web, maintaining a web site and – a day job – well, you can see what has been nagging at me – how to resolve and combine these varied interests into a single manageable whole.

The Change

How to combine woodworking, plan design, computer tech, web site design into a single pursuit?

Acknowledge that design is the common denominator in this equation.

Design

Add in woodworking which was the original goal.

Design + Build

Combine with computer tech, web site design and communications.

Design + Build + Share

The New Goal

Provide unique and high quality information about modern design on the web for the woodworking community.

I have many ideas to accomplish this goal which I am excited about such as:

  • Maintaining a catalog of plans and information about modern design on the web – a go to source for internet based plans.
  • Reviews of my experiences in building projects from commercial plans.
  • Reviews of tools, jigs etc. I have used.
  • Provide high quality unique woodworking plans for purchase.
  • Post plenty of free content about my own designs.
  • As always I will maintain project posts on Lumberjocks, which was the original inspiration for my woodworking web presence.

I will be consolidating my website http://www.randallprice.com and blog http://modernhomage.blogspot.com/ into one location on a WordPress platform. I plan to use http://www.randallprice.com as the domain so the change should be seamless to readers.

What else would you like to see, and do you think this will offer value to you?

I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Randy

-- http://www.plankandplane.com



5 comments so far

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Walt M.

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#1 posted 04-30-2011 11:45 PM

Nice work, on the web site and your lamps.
Frank Loyd Wright was one of my fathers inspirations for being an architect and I too tend to like his style.
I’ve been spending to much time at the PC and with sketchup. I lack the imagination but make up for in determination I hope, and hope to get out into the shop more this spring.

Walt

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David White

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#2 posted 05-01-2011 02:39 AM

Hi Randy – great idea. As a novice furniture designer and woodworker I am always looking for stuff like this – anything that will help me define what it is that differentiates an “ordninary” item of furniture from a really stunning piece is of great value and intrest. Good luck!

-- http://thecraftsmanstudio.com

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 05-01-2011 03:02 PM

Randy, you have a very nice web site and I think that your plan sounds great. Good luck.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Glen Peterson

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#4 posted 05-01-2011 03:37 PM

Have you done any research on the British furniture designer/makers? There is a great deal of information on the web and many of these folks have sites with galleries. You might like to check out http://www.designermakers.org.uk/FrontPage.html
Cheers

-- Glen

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Randy Price

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#5 posted 05-01-2011 05:31 PM

Thanks everyone for your positive comments and support.

Glen – Thanks for the link to http://www.designermakers.org.uk/ – it is a great resource and offers a different perspective on design from what we have in the US.

Randy

-- http://www.plankandplane.com

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