I had four major goals in mind when I updated this website: I wanted -
How successful I was at achieving these goals remains to be seen.
When you build your own website as I have, you have lots of options at your disposal. These options can really consume your time - and lead you astray - if you are not careful. I tried my best to stay on target.
I am not an expert or professionial woodworker. I have been at this for many years and will always consider myself to be an amateur. I am forever learning new things about this wonderful craft of ours which means I will never know all there is to know about wood working. It is, in my humble opinion, just too vast of a subject to completely master in one life time.
President Harry S. Truman (I believe) once quipped that:
"an expert was someone who was afraid to learn anything new because if he did he would no longer be an expert."
That said, none of my comments are to be construed as meaning that my methods are the only way it should be done. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are many ways, for instance, to make dovetails. And, at the end of the day, your way will be the best way for you to make your dovetails. In my experience, it really is as simple as that.
Why This Website
The real reason for this website is so that I could keep track of everything that I did. I used to keep reams and reams of notes and, I still do keep hand-written notes on a day-to-day basis on the project that I am currently working on. However, as we all know, over time paper notes get torn and tattered and sometimes lost. The real problem with paper notes is just keeping track of them. A lot ot time can be wasted just trying to find them!
Notes On The Computer
I then switched to keeping my notes on the computer. That worked well until I got tired of having to go back and forth to the computer for information. I also do not like keeping a computer in the shop. Dust is not the best thing to have covering your computer.
Then one day it struck me: If I kept all of my notes on a website and I had an iPad, then I could have my cake and eat it, too. I no longer would have to keep the computer in the shop and my notes were always just a few taps away on my iPad. Sweet!
Once the website was functinal, it also became a great way for me to lend a hand to other woodworker's who needed some help on a woodworking forum. It was a simple matter to link them to a pertinent page on the website which could help them resolve their issue(s).
About That Yellow Pencil
In many of my photos you will no doubt see my one-and-only yellow pencil next to the piece being photographed. I place it in some photos to give the viewer a sense of dimension. I learned about this the hard way. A few years back a prospective client asked to see photos of one of my jewelry boxes. When I brought the images up on the computer monitor she gasped - "Those images tell me nothing about the dimensions of the jewelry box!" I had to admit - she was right. As it turned out she was the owner of Chicago studio that specialized in product photography, so she did indeed know her 'stuff'. Fortunately, I did not lose her as a client and we are still friends to this day.
And lastly ...
This website will always be a 'work in progress'. Meaning, that I will constantly be adding content to it.
I hope this will help your journey through my website.