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Showing at the Museum of the Rockies Fine Woodworking Exhibition

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 618 days ago 1895 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was invited to show at a fine woodworking exhibition at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. The show is currently going on now and running 3 months until Jan 27th.

There is a total of 25 woodworking artists showing and I am very honored to be counted among them. They are certainly a group of high-caliber artisans.

There are also two other LumberJock members also showing at the exhibition – Andy Chidwick and Scott Morrison. It is pretty cool to think that 3 LumberJock members are showing at the same museum exhibition for fine woodworking.

The curator requested that I build a prairie chandelier for the exhibition. At first it was “chandeliers” – plural – because I had originally built two. At a certain point I was told there would only be room for one, by then, I already had the parts milled and joinery cut for two units. But I only needed to assemble one.

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It was better that I only had to build one because they are technically more challenging to assemble than it looks. That means it was taking longer than I thought and I was way behind, even for assembling just one chandelier.

I enlisted the help of a good friend, Mike Pasini. He is a pretty talented guy that I can trust and get along with in the shop. If anyone is “the chosen one” to spend time in my shop – it is Mike. He also helped me out with the bookcase for charity earlier this year.

OK, I really am understating Mike’s help – he really saved my bacon in both instances! For those that followed me on Twitter and FB, they were getting a first-hand account of the drama as I worked non-stop and ran into unexpected problems with my compressor and the finish.

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Anyway, I pulled a few 30 hour days in the shop and barely got done in time. But, as it stands now, I have a prairie chandelier hanging on display in a museum for a fine woodworking exhibition.

Opening weekend was great. I got to hang out with a couple dozen high-end woodworkers and share in some great conversation. It really nourished me as an artist.

One thing that became clear is this, we all seem to share a very similar experience as we make our living as artists and craftsmen. My experiences are not unique, they are common to those that choose this life. And we cannot help but to express ourselves through our work and try to make a living at it.

If you are in the vicinity of the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT I highly recommend checking out the exhibition.

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For those that wonder how do you get into something like that, all I can say it is a lot of hard work in the shop growing as an artist and craftsman, and never underestimate the importance of making connections. I have not lacked for the hours spent in the shop, being honest with myself in my work, and networking.

What you are seeing, is the glamorous result of a lot of hard work. I certainly don’t want to discourage anybody, that aspires to achieve the same, I am just letting you know what it takes.

The dining set that my chandelier hangs over is built by Tim Carney of Helena, MT. It is a stunning dining set that really helps make my chandelier look great.

For more information on the backstory and design, check out the chandelier in the project gallery.

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That is all for now. Until next time, be safe in your own shop.

Your friend in the shop,

Todd A. Clippinger

Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

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



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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 618 days ago

Hi Todd,

Congrats on being invited to display your artwork. It is an honor for sure. I definitely feel your pain. Been there many times. Looks like you are in some very fine company at the show.

Enjoy, John

P.S. Looks like you have a real friend in Mike. It is not easy to trust someone with one’s tools and shop.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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Dave

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#2 posted 618 days ago

Wonderfully written and told Todd. I am happy you were picked for this event. It was deserved. I love your attitude and you sir are a go getter. Take care of business and knock em dead with your abilities. Well done and nicely presented.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 618 days ago

Thanks John – you know exactly what I am talking about for sure.

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 618 days ago

Dave – I just went over to your site and realized you had asked about more videos in the Twitter feed. Sorry I did not have the Twitter feed going to see that as we had the MWA podcast going.

I have plans to do more video. To be honest, this project really wrecked my schedule. It is all on spec, it cost me a lot of money ($1100 so far not including my labor) it put me behind on my business projects by a few weeks, and I really need to make some money to pay the bills.

But “Yes” I will fit video in there somewhere;)

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 618 days ago

Congrats Todd on the invitation and the project. It looks amazing!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 618 days ago

Todd sure wish i was close enough to see this exhibition, they got a good craftsman there ,your work speaks for it self as a master of wood working ,but they also have a good person that has help this craft to others ,thanks Todd
by the way those table and chairs are awesome too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 618 days ago

Eddie – thanks for the kind words.

The dining set was built by Tim Carney of Helena, MT. He does amazing work.

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

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Dave

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#8 posted 618 days ago

Its all good Todd. You are a busy person.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#9 posted 618 days ago

Todd, the design of the chandelier is pretty cool. Where did it come from. Very nice work.

Jeff

http://jeffbranch.wordpress.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 618 days ago

Hey Jeff – I cover that over at the project itself in the project gallery.

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

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#11 posted 618 days ago

Todd, sorry, I am still new to Lumberjocks. All I can say is really cool work.

-- http://jeffbranch.wordpress.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 618 days ago

jeffbranch – Oh, no need to be sorry. Your post made me realize I needed to connect the two a little better since each post contains a little different information.

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

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#13 posted 618 days ago

i really had a good laugh on myself todd, i was looking at the pictures and said, that bottom piece of the lamp looks like osb, surly todd would not use osb for this lamp, and of coarse after closer inspection, i saw it was just the piece to secure it while it stood there…oh my…well hey you never know, if todd uses it, then maybe i can make the swing as well…lol….as usual i love seeing your work and hearing of you showing in a premiere show, congrats…wish i could come and see it…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#14 posted 618 days ago

Yep I used OSB…for the temporary floor stand that is:)

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

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#15 posted 617 days ago

Great work Todd!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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