An Introduction to Andy Chidwick~Fine Furniture Maker

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 12-24-2010 05:51 AM 6129 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am always excited to meet up with another woodworker and especially another pro. The conversation seems to go to a whole other level, especially when both of us are equally passionate about the same things. Those things would be woodworking, design, and sharing the knowledge with other woodworkers.

Last night was just about as good as it can get when Andy Chidwick stopped by with his family at dinner time. He is an excellent craftsman, designer, and he is also passionate about sharing the knowledge.

Andy is at the beginning of a 4 month journey as he tours the country hitting all of The Wood Working Shows that will be visiting many of the major cities around the country. He gives demonstrations on creating sculpted furniture (think Sam Maloof but don’t limit it to that) and shares all of the knowledge he can in seminars.

So while the visit was short, we shot a quick video together for you to watch.

Andy is a genuinely great guy, woodworker, and family man. If you are planning on attending The Wood Working Shows be sure to catch him and his son giving demonstrations. Check on dates & schedule by visiting

Follow the Chidwick Family Adventure as recorded by Tano at (this should be an interesting perspective.)

You can also follow Andy on Twitter and Blogspot.

I have been to The Wood Working Show in Columbus, OH when I was working out there. It was always a great day to see a lot of tool demo’s, catch a seminar, and pick up on special deals. Meeting up with Andy will make it even better. It is great to continually meet up with the best people in the world – Woodworkers!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 06:23 AM

Great interview Todd…and nice to learn a little more about Andy Chadwick, I’ve seen and admired his work in the past. Since the WoodWorkingShow was in the Sacramento area in Nov., I guess I missed Andy. Hopefully he will still be touring with them when the show returns to this area in 2011. By the way, Happy Holidays to you and Rita, your family and the Chadwicks. Have a safe adventure Andy.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 06:26 AM

gbear-It sounds like he will be doing it again.

If I remember correctly, Sacramento was where he got the back window shot out of his van in the middle of the night…maybe he will reconsider that one…

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 06:27 AM


-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#4 posted 12-24-2010 07:25 AM

Todd: I’ll try aand stop by and meet him in Baltimore in a week. He will need to stop by Chuck Benders booth and say hello also.

I try and use Chucks booth as a meeting place for LumberJocks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 12-24-2010 07:30 AM

Karson – Besides yourself, Chuck Bender is another one I would love to meet. It has been a while but I had a good time talking on the phone to Chuck, he is another really great guy.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 12-24-2010 07:44 AM

Hi Todd,

Looks like you guys had a great time. It is always good to meet other fine woodworkers and as share the knowledge.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#7 posted 12-24-2010 03:48 PM

Hi Todd;

Great post!

I just checked out Andy’s website… He does beautiful work.

Maybe I’ll catch up with Karson at the show, and stop by to meet Andy and Charles Bender, (another fantastic craftsman), whom I’ve been wanting to meet.



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 12-24-2010 04:29 PM

Todd, thats great.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 12-24-2010 06:30 PM

Another one of the great connections Andy & I have are that we both have our roots in the carpentry trade. So there was a lot that we can relate to with one another.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 12-24-2010 11:47 PM

he showed up at dinner time?

He’s a wood worker! (grin)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#11 posted 12-24-2010 11:49 PM

And I just thought it was a coincidence…

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 12-26-2010 10:08 PM

I was fortunate enough to see Andy’s presentation at the woodworking show here in Denver a short time ago. You instantly get the feeling that he’s not only passionate about his craft, but that he’s just as passionate to share his knowledge with others. Seemed like a great guy, and not someone that was in attendance just to market his services.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#13 posted 12-26-2010 10:15 PM

Jonathan- that was the way Andy impressed me.

I don’t care when someone has something to sell, it only becomes an issue when I feel like the person becomes a pushy used car salesman for their product.

Some of the great conversation that we shared was entirely about sharing with other woodworkers. Not about selling – just sharing. We made a great connection talking on the subject.

I know a lot of guys will go to the shows and see Chuck Bender and now they can be sure to watch for Andy Chidwick.

If Chuck would find a moment to stop by the American Craftsman Workshop I would be sure to get him on video too;)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 12-30-2010 05:45 AM

got to see him last year…really enjoyed it!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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