I am no stranger to being busy. Before my son Mateo came along, I would often work day and night and on the weekends. Work was just a way of life for me. After Mateo, I still work my butt off but I only do it Monday thru Friday from 8-5 and during naps. As a one-man operation with high aspirations, I am constantly on a quest to work smarter, not harder. But eventually, everyone reaches a point where there is only so much they can do on their own and something has to give.
A New Book
Between the free site, the Guild, the new shop, and life in general, my plate is filled to capacity! Frankly, I just don’t have much time for extra projects. But sometimes, an opportunity comes along that is so awesome I’d be a fool not to make room for it. I am currently working with Popular Woodworking/F+W Media on my first “real” book. Last year I self-published Finishing: It ain’t over till it’s over, but that was a pretty tame experience. The book was fairly short and I wrote it in my spare time on my own schedule. Working with an actual publisher is going to be……different.
Something I have working against me is the fact that I am absolutely NOT what I would call a writer. By now, most of you know I was dedicated to science in my previous life and it suited my natural writing style perfectly. Scientific papers are written in the most concise way possible with no flowery language at all. As a scientist, your job is to simply convey the facts and explain the data in a clean and organized fashion. So when it comes to writing a full-length book that is intended to be instructional as well as entertaining, I see it as a major personal challenge. And like all challenges put before me, it is one I will overcome. It’s just going to take a great deal of Spag-neurons and time.
So here’s what you can expect from me over the next few months. I probably won’t be as responsive to non-critical emails. For six years now, I have answered every email that has come into my inbox. Well, except for my daily email from Matt asking me, “So, whatcha doin’?” At a rate of 20-30 answer-requiring emails per day, this is one aspect of my daily routine that I need to tighten up. So if you do email me and you don’t receive a response, please don’t be offended. As always, the Wood Talk Online Forum is there to help you with anything you could possibly need.
Concerning videos, we actually have quite a bit of content to roll out during this busy period, so you might be pleasantly surprised to see MORE videos instead of fewer. Here are some of the upcoming topics: my shop build, the Thorsen House visit, an amazing Clock project from my buddy Rick Urschel, my Clear Vue Cyclone installation, as well as a bunch of videos from the old Guild archive including Bent Lamination, Flexible Sanding Strip, the Wall-Hanging Magazine Rack, and the Knife Block. So you can expect a steady flow of videos between now into the new year.
In the Guild, things will proceed as expected. We have a new build starting in November which will be our first Advanced Series project. I am building an amazing bed with a frame and panel head board for a client. My goal is to take viewers on the journey from concept to finished product, all while working to satisfy a client’s needs. Should make for some interesting video!
WFC Charity Build
The final thing I need to mention, and it’s the one that bugs me the most, is the annual Woodworkers Fighting Cancer charity build. I simply have no time to organize and execute the event. So what I hope to do is make up for lost time with a build in the Spring. Stay tuned for details on that and I apologize to those who were really looking forward to the next charity build.
So that’s all there is to say. I just wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the current goings on. It’s a crazy time for me but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I feel incredibly lucky to have this book opportunity and I want to do you guys proud. After all, I wouldn’t be where I am today without your collective support. Thanks and have an excellent Fall woodworking season!