Thank you. I really am quite a lucky person. For 20 years, I had a job I really loved, got to work every day at making things from wood, while talking to people from all over the world. Then 2 1/2 years ago, I left that work to strike out on my own, and I’ve been very fortunate to have many friends, family, students, readers, editors and more to help me along.
This year I have been almost completely immersed in building my own shop, owing to the incredible generosity of Pret Woodburn. There’s no way to measure what Pret has done for me this year…here he is cutting the first joints in the sills, a year ago today.
As the shop project nears completion, I’ll be shifting back to woodworking on a smaller scale more frequently. Furniture, spoons, carved bowls, and I don’t know what else. I have a few commissions to focus on, as well as my usual travel-and-teaching. And Greenwood Fest 2017 in June.
Today I am boxing & shipping the most recent batch of spoons. I want to convey my utmost thanks to all the readers of the blog, students in workshops, all of you who through various means support my work. Not just financially, but through comments, emails – all of it. I appreciate it. I’m unemployable otherwise, so all you’ve done for me means a lot!
And maybe 2017 I’ll get some more birds back on the blog –