As promised, I am blogging today about a new piece of equipment that I just purchased for the shop. It will amaze some to know that I have never owned a jointer. It was never a matter of not wanting one; no, it was that I wasn’t able to find the one I was after. What is the one? A Porter 20” Jointer, and I have been hunting for it for the past 15 years.
During that time, I have come across a couple of them. However, something always seemed to interfere with the actual acquisition of one. So, I continued to do all of my jointing by hand. Not a bad way to do it, but a jointer sure would have made life easier.
For 20 years now I have been teaching classes of all kinds through my local Woodcraft store here in Colorado Springs. Over this period I have developed a fine woodworking curriculum that I teach through a series of classes, Woodworking I, II, III, and IV. Covering everything from wood science to bent laminations, I designed these classes to be very extensive in knowledge and skills acquired and to be completed in a succinct few weekends. The most recent additions to my woodworking courses are the Hand Tool Mastery series I, II, III, and IV, where students learn comprehensive hand tool applications to precisely build fine furniture. Starting with the basics of setup and sharpening we explore a vast array of hand cut joinery taught through exercises and small projects.
As an artist, I am honored to participate in a few, select art shows every year. It is a great way to get my work in front of a new audience of thousands and to stay connected to my returning audience. My most frequent appearances are in the Scottsdale Arts Festival in March and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival over the July 4th weekend. This year I was thrilled to be accepted into the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City, Missouri, in September. I have wanted to participate in this show for many years, but, for one reason or another, it has not worked out.
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.