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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.