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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 08-28-2013 07:53 PM 1944 reads 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The October 2013 issue of WOOD Magazine is now on the stands and inside you will find my latest article.

One of the most frequent questions I receive is how do I get inspiration for my designs. This is also a topic the editors at WOOD Magazine get requests for, so they asked if I would share a page on how I get inspiration for design.

The topic of design and getting inspiration can actually become a pretty lengthy topic and a very complex one which can easily fill a book. But we boiled it down to some simple take-away points that you can apply to your routine.

If you think getting inspiration and designing has to be complicated and requires a formal education, I challenge you to think again. I have no formal training and am self-taught. I think that many things come down to not what you are looking at but rather how you are looking at them. I also think there are some habits you can develop that will help you hold onto your ideas for immediate development and for use in the future.

So be sure to check out my latest article in the October 2013 issue of WOOD Magazine for tips on getting inspiration.

The current issue has two covers so it may not look like the one that I have. One of my friends sent me the cover image from the one he received so keep an eye out for either one.

I am pretty excited to share this article with everyone in the woodworking community. It is my 3rd woodworking article in less than one year with WOOD Magazine: November 2012, America’s Best Home Workshops, and October 2013. I am on a roll!

Happy Designing!

Your friend in the shop-

Todd A. Clippinger

Share the Love – Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 08-28-2013 08:05 PM

You are on a roll Todd. You deserve it. Keep on truckin my friend. Hollywood in the future??? :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#2 posted 08-28-2013 08:23 PM

Thanks for the heads up on this Todd. Hope your health has returned. Was worried about you buddy!


-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 08-28-2013 08:32 PM

I just got that issue. & just flipped thru it, I’ll look for it.


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Greg Wurst

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#4 posted 08-28-2013 08:45 PM

Saw that article when my magazine arrived. Maybe they’ll make you a contributing editor! :)

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 08-28-2013 10:45 PM

Guys, the lesson here is when you are passionate about something and you share it online, you never know the opportunities that might come your way.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 08-28-2013 11:18 PM

Todd they choose a woodworker that has it in his heart and mind ,ill be picking up the soon as i can congrats and well deserved ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 08-29-2013 03:36 AM

Let me know what you think Eddie!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 08-29-2013 04:03 AM

congrats! Will head to the book store tomorrow!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 08-29-2013 04:44 AM

Congrats Todd

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 08-29-2013 02:35 PM

Congratulations Todd, you not only have inspirations and designs, but you have the ability to shape them
into great wooden projects and artistry. Thank you for sharing with us.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 08-29-2013 10:47 PM

Todd, I get Wood at home, and when I was making my first pass through it and ran across your article, I said hey, I know Todd (from LJs only). Great article and inspiration. As always, I look forward to seeing more of your work, videos, and articles in the future. Thanks for sharing the love of woodworking as you are a true inspiration to me.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 08-29-2013 10:51 PM

Thanks for all the very kind words of support guys. Putting the videos and blogs together is fairly time consuming but your words motivate me. Summer is my harvest season as a contractor so I am trying to bring home the money;) I hope to get my schedule open to share more soon.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 08-30-2013 04:29 AM

congrats Todd; you never know what may come about in the future, when your passionate about something, and keep putting the ideas out there. Will have to go to town to pick up my copy too.
keep sharing!

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#14 posted 09-01-2013 02:55 PM

Congratulations!!! Todd,

I will definitely get this issue and read your article. You are getting some well deserved recondition.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 09-01-2013 04:07 PM

Congratulations on the article, Todd. I should have that issue since I subscribe. I’ll take a look.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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