Howdy all, I just wanted to reintroduce myself here, I joined LJ many years ago and sadly didn’t do anything but lurk. I’m really putting forth an effort to get more involved with the community and share as much as I can from my shop.
A couple years ago, I decided that I wasn’t satisfied in my career and began my new occupation as a custom furniture/gift builder. Although that change occurred a couple years ago, I’m still trying to figure out how I want this to work. So, in the meantime, I am building projects and trying out new things. I moved into a giant shop and have access to some really interesting equipment. My Dad is a machinist, and let me set up in his 4,000 sq. ft. warehouse to share the space with him.
Here is a shot of the shop before I moved in
Here are a couple shots of it after I moved in
My Dad does metal work and I do wood work. Between us, car restoration goes on – my Dad’s ‘56 Buick Special. It’s an interesting place to work, and it allows us to share our arsenal of tools with each other. Plus, we both benefit from being able to call out for some help whenever we need it.
Now that I am settled in, I’m exploring what I truly want to make and do with my woodworking business. Things are pretty slow right now, but I have some furniture projects lined up as well as tinkering with gifts to sell online and hopefully to local gift shops here in Northern Nevada. I make pens, ring boxes, cedar grilling planks, and gift boxes.
To date, I have dabbled in a bunch of different types of projects, but my favorite so far has to be the Greene and Greene inspired coffee table (my first real-ish commission). It was my first paying project, but I basically cleared costs in exchange for having full control over what I build – and I really wanted to build that piece. Luckily, my taste and the client’s merged perfectly, and they absolutely love that piece.
Anyway, just wanted to basically have a mulligan on introducing myself here. I will end by saying sorry for not getting active sooner, but I hope to connect with more people and share much more from now on.
-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!