Hello and welcome to my new website and blog! The new website is long overdue, but I am excited to have launched this new and updated site. My last website update was in 2012, but, to me, it still feels like it was just yesterday.
Not only am I excited to show off my new website, I am also excited to show off new work! I will do this in a couple of ways. First, I will document my shop work in the blog. I will talk about and share pictures of commissions, spec work, and art shows in which I participate; the classes I teach and private lessons I schedule; and I will sprinkle in any other shop activity that I think you will find interesting. This might include my design process, new tools and equipment I am excited about (hint: there will be an upcoming post about my new 16” vintage jointer which I have just acquired!), furniture installations, and miscellaneous life-in-the-shop moments.
On any given day, you may find my kids, Oliver and Zoe, helping me in the shop or helping me produce blog or social media content. I also bribe my crony in crime, Lauren Allen, to help in the shop, with marketing material, furniture installations, art shows, and, yes, blog content when she is able to steal away from her real estate gig. They are all pivotal in helping me to achieve my goal of posting on the 1st Saturday of every month.
On my previous site, Tommy Allen of tommyandhiscameras generously filmed my videos, but much like time, he too has gone on to new things and is now busily running iXero Productions in Woodland Park, Colorado, as their Director for Public Information and Curriculum Design. I’m not even going to begin to pretend that I will figure out how to self-produce videos of Tommy’s quality with this new site. I will pretend that I will regularly post both new video and new photographic content here that you will equally enjoy. Until then, please continue to enjoy Tommy’s historic contributions below.
My second way of showcasing new work is on my new site’s product pages. These pages consist of product portraits professionally documented by my good friend and outstanding photographer, Don Jones of Don Jones Photography aka Studio 9 Commercial Photography. If you ever try to convince yourself that a self-composed camera phone snapshot is a decent substitute to the visually profound experience of a well-executed professional photograph, I encourage you to visit Don’s website. I have been working with Don since I opened my doors several decades ago, and his work continues to inspire me. Don photographs all of my studio images locally here in Colorado Springs, and his photographic eye and intense style greatly enhances the presentation of my marketing.
Speaking of marketing, I also plan on developing more of a social media presence. See, old dogs can learn new tricks. Look forward to updates on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. While I won’t have the time (or discipline) to update each of these sites constantly, I do encourage you to follow me to see updates as I am able to post them.
This website, blog, and social media campaign is a new journey for me and a new discipline. I promise that I will do my best to keep up. I look forward to sharing the ins and outs of this journey with you, and I hope that you discover enough value in my content to stay on the ride!
Cheers, guys! See you in the shop!