I am a woodworker; I’m not a writer. So doing a blog seems a bit intimidating to me. I hope as time goes on that I’ll get a bit better and more comfortable with this. I hope to use this forum to create an enthusiasm for all who are interested in furniture making in order to help you get out of this passion as much as I have.
I would like to answer any questions that I can, exchange ideas, and have a dialogue with anyone who is interested in woodworking. I would also like to take this opportunity to address something that has been on my mind for some time.
I am the founder and director of Chicago woodworking classes. I, more than anyone, was suprised at how good the program is. I have been teaching it for ten years. Over the years I have taught hundreds of students. I have not changed anything from day one because, fortunately, it was written well to begin with.
Over the past ten years, I have had some students go on to do woodworking professionally, and others have taken woodworking up as a serious hobby. I love hearing the positive feedback I get from students about how much they enjoyed taking the class and how much they learned.
Every once in a while I have a problem with a student. Woodworking has a built-in safety issue attached to it, so if someone does not want to cooperate here, it’s in our best interest to refuse them. Only three or four people have been asked to leave. All I can and will do about it is to continue to do what I know is the right thing, and that is to continue to teach each class with the upmost emphasis on good woodworking skills and safety skills, and to have a fun time doing it!
Thank you, and now, let’s blog!