Last month we introduced our new look for the eMag and feedback has indicated that you like it!
Although happy with the overall issue I have to apologize to Philip Edwards (our LJ Interviewee) for the "technical glitch" that linked all of his projects to someone else's creations. To see all of Philip's work, visit his projects page.
I think I have that technical glitch fixed and I hope you enjoy this issue of our eMag. As always I would love to hear your comments about the content. You can post your feedback here
LumberJocks' Winter Woodworking Awards 2010
Congratulations to everyone on another highly successful Woodworking Awards. We had 151 entries and 252 votes were cast by our members to select our Award Recipients.
Our highest honours went to owenusa with his Yin Yang version: Earthquake Box. Congratulations and thank you for this very inspirational piece.
Along with the top Award Recipient, we had:
* ten other Award Recipients, receiving an gift from Rockler.
* three random winners receiving a gift from The Wood Whisperer,
* three winners receiving a gift from Martin (LumberJocks.com),
* three winners receiving a gift from Jordan Straker.
LumberJocks is teaming up with Rockler again to let your creative juices flow. We would like to see the most number of possible uses of cookies in your home or shop. And by cookies we mean the versatile Rockler Bench Cookies that keep projects from slipping while routing, sanding, carving and more.
The entry deadline is March 7.
Read more about this challenge, here...
Recently, we were saddened by the news of the death of one of our fellow LumberJocks, Niki.
Our thoughts go out to his loved ones. Niki's name has been added to our
"In Memoriam" page.
LumberJocks Around the World
Who's In Your Area?
▪ looking for other woodworkers in your area? Start a blog and send me a note and I'll add it to our eMag! And if some plans are confirmed for a picnic or other LJ event, send us an email with the following information for the Event Calendar: Title, Date(s), Location, Description (1 paragraph), Link to blog or forum post with more details.
▪ New England
30 Projects In 30 Days
▪ Are you up for a challenge? Perhaps you would like to join Scottb in his renowned endevour of "30 projects in 30 days".
▪ If we had LJ Grammy Awards I think we'd be giving one out this month to Stevinmarin for this "Woodworking Rap". Well done!
▪ And then there is Turner who provides us with this great pen-making tutorial. Perhaps an Oscar is in order? (Turner is tooldad's 5-year-old son)
This month we meet with Todd A Clippinger and learn a bit about his woodworking journey.
1. How did you find LumberJocks and what was the key feature of the site that kept you coming back?
Not long after I bought my computer I was talking with my local tool supplier about some ideas that I had for doing woodworking videos online. He told me about this guy that calls himself the "Wood Whisperer" who was doing video.
When I checked out Marc Spagnuolo's site, I found the link to LumberJocks. The world-wide community is just incredibly generous and friendly, that is what kept me coming back.
2. Tell us a brief history of your woodworking journey
My woodworking journey has it's roots in my remodeling career. I was doing a lot of work on older homes from the 1920's and 30's and I always loved the original style trim work and built-ins. I was usually tearing out poorly matched remodels from the 70's and 80's that had been inflicted on these beautiful old homes and I often needed to fabricate the trim myself. It was here that I developed my hand and tool skills.
To understand what I was working on, I looked into architectural history and discovered the Arts&Crafts movement, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, the Prairie School, Greene&Greene plus the key figures associated with the styles. Then I found out there were contemporary woodworkers interpreting these styles in a modern vernacular and I was hooked.
Click here for the rest of the interview....
Blogs & Forum Discussions
Since the beginning of Lumberjocks.com we have had many blogs, projects, and forum discussions that have been the "talk of the shop". The following are just some of the "most discussed" postings:
"Canes" are one of those things that can be taken from a plain functional item and made into a functional piece of art.
Here at LumberJocks.com, our members have expressed their creativity with the different materials used (from antler to ebony), the design of the cane (twisted, straight, and carved) and the magnificent artistic handles (from bobcats to spirit faces).
Mark DeCou, a major contributor to our list of cane projects has posted several blogs regarding the design of canes. This blog is a fine example of all that is involved in creating cane art.
If you'd like to try making a cane, you can find inspiration and tips in these LJ pages:
Project Tags: cane and canes
Blog Tags: cane and canes
Forum Tags: cane and canes
The Shop of "Craftsman On The Lake"
When I asked Dan if we could "visit" his workshop, he was a little surprised, I think, and his response was: "I'm just a retired teacher who takes orders for fun and profit when I can. I live on a lake in Maine and have a 25x25 foot dedicated shop atop a garrison garage. And like most, I always consider myself a newbie."
Getting back into woodworking, Dan renovated a storage area, expanding the space, fixing it up and filling it with old and new tools. (Jealous, anyone?) But it's not the "what" that is so special to Dan but the process. As he says, "organizing, and making the shop more ‘me’ is the most fun of all." Inspiring words!
I asked Dan what his advice would be for woodworkers who were starting to build their own "me" shop and he shared the following:
"When putting together a shop my recommendations: As big as you can. It's never big enough. And two; Save your wall space. You'll have a good woodworking bench you'll make eventually in the center of the room. If your floor space is limited don't make benches against the walls. You'll eventually need that space for the tools you will someday collect one at a time. Things like jointers and miter saws take up a lot of space. It's nice not to have to drag them out into the middle of the room then tuck them into their corner after just to use them. Save that space for your future tools."
Good advice. Thanks Dan and thank you, also, for letting us "visit".
Read more about Dan's workshop and be inspired!
Surprise! We have one more chance for a FREE book draw!
Fox Chapel Publishing provided a copy of this book for a free draw. A big thank you to Fox Chapel Publishing for this opportunity!
(NOTE: to enter, you have to be an LJ member and that is a quick, easy, and FREE process.)
This book, with projects compiled from issues of "Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts". offers a variety of clock patterns - from beginner to master levels.
Included in the thirty-one different projects are clocks fit for musicians, sports and puzzle enthusiasts, nature lovers, and a variety of decorating styles. The assortment of projects provides something for everyone.
Throughout the pages are numerous tips, not only on basic scrollwork and how to build each project, but also things like making the clock-making into a business venture!
This is a great book for all our members here at LumberJocks.com who enjoy making clocks as well as those who are thinking about giving it a try.
My Ratings of The Book
Layout and Appearance: Good balance of photos, plans and instructions. Thumbs Up!
Instructions: Clear step-by-step instructions and patterns. Thumbs Up!
Projects Selection: Good selection of styles and interests
Overall: Thumbs Up!
Win A Free Copy
To enter your name in the random draw for a copy of this book, click here and answer the two easy questions.
(Hint: the answer to the first question can be found at the book's link, posted above.)
Again, a big thank-you to Fox Chapel for the donations.
Current Site Statistics
▪ We are 16,875 woodworkers making 747,209 comments on 28,190 projects, 12,912 blogs, 1,242 reviews and 14,678 forum topics.
▪ 28,000 Projects: Feb 23, 2010
▪ March, 2009: 8,308 woodworkers making 377,695 comments on 14,428 projects, 7,394 blogs,617 reviews and 6,694 forum topics.
▪ March, 2008: 3,370 woodworkers making 158,614 comments on 5,706 projects, 3,676 blogs, 253 reviews and 2,476 forum topics.
A Word From Martin
▪ Debbie: On February 26th, we celebrated our 4th year Anniversary. Martin, tell us what that day was like? What were your thoughts and feelings as you pressed those keys to make your site "live"?
▪ Martin: That day was special but a quiet one. I managed to get around 5 beta-testers before launching the site live so there were already few projects posted. There were no blogs, no forums, no reviews like you know them today. It was just the first step but I realize it's importance every year. Thanks for a nice reminder of our Anniversary ;)
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For St. Patrick's Day: do you have some "green" to wear?
Why not don a green LumberJocks t-shirt?
Testimonial - LumberJocks around the world
"It was really nice being a member here with all of you, I could meet so many woodworkers here, they are all so nice to me, I could find so many important information, knowledge, and advice from you guys. Thank you thank you, thank you!!!" ~ Junji, Japan
Oh to have these troubles -- all the trees that are in the way. What to do; what to do? You know what they say about one man's trash!
I'm sure this ravine is going to be turned into something stunning, with a select choice of trees kept in tact. Check it out and share your advice on how you would get control of the wild area.
As LumberJocks we know how easy it is to get caught up in a project and it keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger.
Our HomeRefurber friends seem to have the same problem! Check out this "wall that got out of hand".