Not really sure what to do with a blog. If I'm honest, up until a few weeks ago I didn't really know what a blog was. I'm still not completely certain I do now. Regardless, I've had a few people ask if I'm going to have one, so I'll give it a shot. For the last 28 years I worked for a publishing company. I designed and built furniture and home improvement projects for a couple different magazines. I've probably done hundreds of pieces in pretty much all styles. If you're a woodworker that probably sounds kind of fun doesn't it? I thought so too. Some of it was. Before that I'd been the manager of a woodworking equipment and supply store. Before that I worked in a small kitchen cabinet shop. Small as in the owner and myself. The owner had graduated from the same managerial training program as Gordon Ramsay and took a fair amount of pride in the fact that no one had ever worked for him for more than 3 months. At least two guys had walked off the job on their first day. He was a little intense. I probably aged 10 years in those 4 but I'll give credit where its due. I probably learned more from him in those 4 years than I did in the next 20. Still, I met some nice people and I had some good opportunities. I learned to use 3D design software and I'm thankful for that. That is actually kind of fun. No, not kind of. It is fun. I also had the use of a professional spray booth for finishing. I really miss that. If things work here and I can actually make a living, that will be one of the first things I put in. Right now, I'm working out of my garage. It's not the most practical but it's going to have to do for awhile. I have several friends that have been very encouraging and have gone out of their way to help promote my furniture and I really appreciate that. A few weeks ago a nice young lady came out and interviewed me for an article for a local art and entertainment magazine. That's supposed to come out any day now. I had an e-mail from another saying she was interested in writing something about me too. Man, that's nice. She said she just loved my story of walking away from a great job to pursue my lifelong dream... while that would be a great story, the truth is that I walked away from that job because I was afraid one of these days I was going to step in front of a bus.. or push someone else in front of one. I probably should have kept that to myself. She hasn't called back.
Besides, my lifelong dream would have been to be an Olympic Champion decathlete or downhill skier or world champion motocross racer......or James Bond.
Anyway, that's at least part of how I got here. I hope enough people will like the style of furniture I'm doing to keep me in business. I'd love to make a few million dollars at this, but I'll be okay with making a living. I've never really known how to charge for what I do and I still don't feel comfortable with it but I've tried to be fair.
Whether you like my pieces or not, I do appreciate you stopping in for a visit and I hope you'll feel free to leave your opinions. Even if they're negative I'll try to accept them like a big boy.