About the Woodwrecker, er, Wooddorker, uh Woodworker

The woodwrecker-- © S.C. Rogers (April, 2016)
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The woodwrecker-- © S.C. Rogers (March, 2004) I've been a very serious and dedicated hobbyist for over twenty years.  But, in November of 2017, I retired after a 28 year career as a software engineer for the defense end of America's largest aerospace and defense manufacturer.  Writing software for a living was constantly challenging and always evolving.  It was exciting and fun, and it was a great way to make a living.  But, there was a down side too... software is, by its very nature, incredibly transient.  What's good enough today must be changed, updated, modified, or scrapped and replaced tomorrow. 

I love wood.  I always have.  In stark contrast to software, when crafted properly, wood is one of the few things that can give service that's measured in generations.  My home is full of wood... anywhere from 80 to 150 year old wood.  It's still sturdy.  It still looks good.  It still works well for the purpose it was built.  I also has many pieces that I've built myself.  It's not even remotely close to that old, but it will be some day.

It's time to turn my hobby into my final career.

Over many years, I've studied and looked at many types of furniture:  French provencial, Baroque, American period, and so many others...  I developed an affinity for Shaker and American Arts & Crafts styles, primarily Shaker furniture.  Both styles forego "fancy" for quality of craft and the beauty of wood.  To that end, the guys below are people I follow.  They are all published in one way or another, often in several.  I've read their books and magazine articles, seen their videos and shows, and I've even studied with one of them.  They are all masters of the craft, and their work speaks to me.  But, more so, their methods do, also.

My ultimate goal, as a woodworker, is to build the stuff that will stand the test of time.  I want to build the stuff that maybe my kids will fight over when I'm gone; build the stuff that someone else will use in 80 to 150 years, and beyond.


Resources

Christian Becksvoort
Shaker furniture builder extraordinaire.  Along with doing his own work for his clients, Mr. Becksvoort does restoration work for the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community in Maine (the last remaining Shaker community).

Joshua Klein
Mr. Klein is a furniture conservator and furniture maker.  His focus is on hand made furniture as it was done in the days of yore.  He currently runs Mortise and Tenon magazine, and previously put many years into his old blog, The Workbench Diary.  The information he's shared with the hand tool woodworking community has been awesome.

Lonnie Bird
I've studied with Lonnie, and can attest that there is no finer craftsman or teacher out there.  If you're able to take one of his classes, do so.  You'll get a tour of his home where you will likely see some of the finest furniture ever crafted.

Chris Schwarz
Mr. Schwarz is the owner/publisher of Lost Art Press, the writer of several books, and a furniture maker.  He was previoiusly the editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, and still maintains his blog there.

Roy Underhill Mr. Underhill is the perennial host of the long running Woodright's Shop.  He is also the owner of the Woodright's School.  Over his 30+ year tenure on PBS, he's been seen by millions, and has inspired thousands of us.


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