Woodworking Interview With Madison Swords

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 02-26-2015 05:42 AM 2537 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love talking to other woodworkers and hearing how their journey in the craft started. I recently met Madison Swords, and I just loved his story of how he got started in woodworking, so I had to share it with you.

Madison is a self-taught woodworker and he learned everything from YouTube. I was not only impressed with that, but the fact that he choose to go the hand tool route, and his for his first furniture project, he choose to tackle a Greene & Greene side table. I was absolutely blown away!

In talking to Madison, it is clear he really gets it. He snaps up the knowledge and puts it to work straight-away in his own shop. He exhibits a wisdom and perspective beyond his years.

I think his journey into woodworking is impressive, entertaining, and inspirational.

Watch the interview with Madison Swords.

I hope you enjoy!

Your friend in the shop-

Todd A. Clippinger

Share the Love – Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 02-26-2015 06:05 AM

A very nice interview…

There is a difference between what one NEEDS… vs WANTS…

Madison has learned well… and will continue to grow well…

It would be nice to see another interview in a few years… :)

Thank you, Madison… may the Gods be with you.

Thank you, Todd … Good job

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 02-26-2015 06:07 AM

Thanks Joe! Really encouraging and supportive words for both of us. I appreciate you watching.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 02-26-2015 12:18 PM

gr8 find in Madison, Todd. Thnx for that. He is a youngen with a very bright future. And to be 17 with a level head such as his, Wow!! Good luck in your woodworking future Mr. Swords.

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

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#4 posted 02-26-2015 01:05 PM

Outstanding table there Madison… Look forward to seeing more… Thanks Todd that was a great interview….

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#5 posted 02-26-2015 04:06 PM

Thank you for once again sharing the love of woodworking Todd. Madison shows us that if someone really
wants to learn something now and can access the internet, they can learn. I have learned quite a bit there
myself. The tools that were given to him by family made a nice start, but he took the next step on his own.
Hope both of you keep having a lot of fun in your woodworking.

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

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#6 posted 02-26-2015 04:17 PM

this was so heartening, to see madison taking what is available , from his learning to his tools, i love seeing that woodworking is being kept alive, that our younger generations are learning it and madison is doing so well, his green green table is really beautiful and i have a feeling from his interview that he will do well, there are many good sources in his area to learn from, i would hope he would approach woodworkers like you todd and see if he can work with other woodworkers and learn as much as he can, thanks for the great video, i hope he does well, he should involve his cat and dog a bit more, they can add a good dimension to his work….lol….

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

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 07:09 PM

Always great to see/hear a young woodworker coming into the fold. We need more young folks entering the craft.


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#8 posted 02-26-2015 08:31 PM

Seems like a good kid. And he has the coolest last name ever, so that’s also a plus.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#9 posted 02-27-2015 01:17 AM

Great interview, as always! It’s nice to see that the next generation is carrying on the tradition!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 02-27-2015 03:41 AM

As someone posted, there’s hope for woodworking.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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