“So who the heck are you and why should I read your blog?”
A fair question. The easy part to answer is that I’m just a guy who has been interested in woodworking for as long as I can remember but have never had any formal training. I’ve read books, I’ve scoured the internet, I’ve watched t.v., and I’ve subscribed to a lot of magazines. I consider myself knowledgeable, but not skilled. I can tell you the theory behind why a mortise needs to be about one third the thickness of the workpiece, but my own mortises are horrible.
Why should you read this blog?
Well, you might be in the same situation I am. Every other wood worker you know is a thousand times better at it than you and you need to feel better about yourself. By reading about my struggles while trying to learn the craft, hopefully, you can sit back and say, “There, but for the grace of God, go I”.
On the other hand, sometimes the person who has recently acquired a skill can be a better teacher to someone just behind them. You might learn from my mistakes. Hopefully, I will, too.
Also, if you are interested in hand tool work, you may enjoy the ramblings of a like minded person. I do not own a table saw, a jointer, or a bandsaw. I have nothing against power tools or people who use them. Some outstanding work has been done by people who never use hand tools. I just don’t like tools with cords. My tool kit is relatively limited. My ambition to create with them isn’t.
So welcome to my journey. Some days we will travel far, some days we will linger, some days we’ll need a bigger hammer.
The Bumbling Apprentice