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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 1564 days ago 5824 reads 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Workin’ My Butt Off!

Guys – I kid you not, I have a full plate and I am getting up early and working late everyday. But it is very exciting as there are a lot of things going on behind the scenes.

The economy must be getting better because I am getting calls and jobs like I normally should. It actually started early this year too which was a mystery to me but a welcome one.

I have added 9 more detail photos and information of my shop at my new site on the Shop page. So you will have to be sure and check it out, I have also changed the photos here at my LJ shop page too. I want to assemble a nice tour for both locations but that won’t happen for a while because of my work load at this time.

Going to the Artwalk…

I was asked to participate in the Billings Artwalk in May, that was very exciting. I already had a pretty full work load so I am not sure that I will be able to make anything new, I will just take what I currently have and put together a nice presentation. Only a handful of people in Billings have seen the pieces that I have in my house, that Rita and I live with everyday.

The Billings Artwalk is a great social event and Rita and I love to attend. Many towns have them and they are either referred to as artwalks, gallery hops, or gallery crawls. All the galleries and the art museum stay open late and have free wine and snacks (that brings the people for sure) to get the public exposed to the local art scene.

It is not a juried show, but I thought it was neat that someone invited me to show because they viewed me as an artist. It will be some good exposure locally to change people’s mind of what furniture can be or what woodworking can produce. Woodworking suffers an image problem as a handy hobby instead of being another form of artistic expression, or being able to marry an artistic form with the function of an everyday item.

Shhh… Business Secret Here

I should make a point here about the importance of this as a business or creative person. Attending your local artwalk, even as a viewer, is a great thing to do. It is a good social mixer, you will make lots of connections to other creative people, and you have the potential to make business connections. It makes a great date night and is just an all-around fun time.

Got Something Big Here!

I will leave you with this today as I need to head back out to the shop.

I was able to get with Scott Morrison and do a video interview. Scott is a great craftsman that actually makes a living from building Sam Maloof inspired furniture. You will have to check out his gallery.

When we started out, I told Scott “Oh I suppose it will only be a 20 minute chat I don’t plan on getting into an hour long interview.”

Well, Scott and I talked for and hour and ten minutes and he shares some great information. He talks about his background, his business, shop, and his wife’s role in supporting the business. He also shares what his relationship to Sam Maloof was like.

One thing just led to another. I didn’t have a specific list of questions, but I had outlined some topics to be sure and cover so it was a spontaneous Q & A session.

I have a lot of footage to go through and I am sure that I will be releasing it in segments every week or so. Scott was very generous with time and information. It is just a pretty normal conversation in the shop and I wanted to bring you along.

Scott’s a truly great guy. He is another craftsman that lives the motto “Share the Love~Share the Knowledge.”

That’s all for now so I will leave you with this teaser…

Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com



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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 1564 days ago

Thank you.

I sure hope I didn’t catch anything, from that outstanding intro!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 1564 days ago

what a inspiring teaser you have created I like it

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SPalm

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#3 posted 1564 days ago

You goofy guys. I loved it.
You both deserve all the good things that come your way,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 1564 days ago

Steve – We had a great time. Scott is just a normal guy but his is good with his hands and he is creative.

He is so generous and willing to share information to help other woodworkers, that is the great thing about him. It is not hard to laugh and have a good time with someone like that.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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blockhead

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#5 posted 1564 days ago

I look forward to it Todd, thanks!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 1564 days ago

But….......Todd, YOU are an artist!!!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Richforever

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#7 posted 1564 days ago

This is going to be an adventure, I can tell.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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hooky

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#8 posted 1564 days ago

i hate it when someone creates a desire in me to see but they only tease us

cant wait to see the rest of the interview

yes you are an artist you just happen to use wood as a medium

Hooky

-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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Todd Thomas

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#9 posted 1564 days ago

looks great can’t wait…..and thanks for your help on the flooring question last week….

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 1563 days ago

Hooky – sorry to tease you. I can’t wait to get some editing done and get it released. Believe me when I say it’s killing me too.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 1563 days ago

Glad your busy Todd I have been very busy too. I’m very thankful for the work but find it hard to be on one job for three months.
Your shop looks great all you updates have really paid off. I’m really looking forward to your interview with Scott his work is outstanding. Thanks for sharing all that’s going on.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 1563 days ago

Jim – I have been on a good handful of jobs the last 3 months, this is in addition to the added endeavors of my new site.

I still have not finished the rustic office, I am drying the material in my shop. Most of it is still at 12% and I am continually taking it down in stages. In the meantime, I have to turn $$$ so I fit in the other work as necessary.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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lilredweldingrod

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#13 posted 1563 days ago

Todd,
The shop layout is very impressive. I really enjoied the tour. Lots of food for thought. I would like to thank you for being so “approachable”. A great attribute for the teacher that you are. Hope you stay as busy as a one armed paper hanger. Rand

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Beginningwoodworker

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#14 posted 1563 days ago

I am looking forward to this, Todd.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Napaman

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#15 posted 1563 days ago

nice teaser! congrats on the HAPS…how can they have an event in April in Montana? Arent you guys still shoveling snow?

Still Pouring rain in Nor CAL…so I imagine snow is heading east all you mt folk…over next couple days…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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