Tips for Designing and Finding Inspiration

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 09-14-2013 05:43 PM 2498 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the release of my latest article in WOOD magazine on design, it prompted more requests for a video on designing and how I find inspiration.

In this video I share the lifestyle habits I have that allow me to keep finding inspiration, recording those ideas, and developing the designs. For an example, I share how I turned a Japanese torii gate into a stairwell barrier, bucking the standard design of newell posts, balusters, and handrail.

While the subject of designing can get pretty deep, and pretty ridiculous when people want to sound like an exclusive high-end artist, the things I share are simple and down to earth. I share the habits that I have in my daily life, how I look at things, and process them into a project design. This video is just chock full of gold nuggets!

Watch Tips for Designing and Being Inspired

I hope you find this video helpful, inspirational, and that it motivates you into action. Because in the end, it really comes down to DOING – so get out there and be creative!

A special thanks to my friends for being a part of the video.

I will try to embed the video again later so it may be viewed here.

Your friend in the shop,

Todd A. Clippinger

Share the Love – Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-14-2013 07:32 PM

Very nice, Todd.

Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 09-14-2013 08:19 PM

You bet Joe, I hope it helps the LJ members.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 09-14-2013 10:14 PM

we are dealing with a little glitch right now re: videos.
Martin’s working on it.

Looking forward to watching your video.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 09-14-2013 10:15 PM

Oh Ok – thanks MsDeb!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 09-14-2013 11:36 PM

Hey Todd, it’s been a while since I’ve seen you here. Good to see you. Looking forward to watching the video.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 09-14-2013 11:37 PM

Yeah, sorry Gary. As a contractor this is kind of my harvest season so I have not done as much online. I had a bad winter and spring and am trying to make up for it. I wish I could spend more time helping the woodworkers.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 09-15-2013 04:19 PM

Thank you for sharing Todd, lots of good ideas and points of interest in that video, now I just have to learn
to use them. Glad to see that you are having a good harvest and will be busy for a while, your videos and
ideas are worth waiting for.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 09-16-2013 04:53 PM

Thanks Todd. I learn something from you every time. Gonna take a day to just go LOOK. Wont forget a sketch pad and camera. Again thanks for what you do. Gary

-- James Krenov..."It's about a lot of little things, they do matter. Enjoy them."

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#9 posted 09-19-2013 12:36 AM

Good stuff Todd. Appreciate your input/s and videos.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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