I've had my look for a long time. I'm a man who works with my hands, and that's what I look like. My friends often compare me to fantasy characters: large build, boots, flannel shirts, a long beard out of a fantasy movie. I know people who think appearances are incredibly important. I know people who don't. I think your appearance should reflect who you really are. I put my heart and soul into my pieces, and I don't wear suits or shave off my beard because when I'm in my workshop, creating great furniture for you, this is what I look like. My customers deserve to know the real me.
When you start a project, what is the first thng you do? When I create a piece of work, the first thing I do is draw up my plans. Then I try to find the pieces that fit in just the right spots to get the effect I want. Every type of wood has a variety of properties. Walnut has beautiful flare marks. Cedar often has lighter, redder tones. All of these change from piece to piece; no two pieces look alike. And if I have pieces that don't fit just right, I save them. There's always another project they are just right for. Nothing goes to waste.
I wrote one of these just a few minutes ago and I think it disappeared somehow. Clearly, I have a lot to learn about website design and management, if my posts are just vanishing into the ether. I'll try again, and maybe this time it'll even sound better. You have to focus on the positive.
These posts will almost always be about the shop, the products, or what projects I am working on. Sometimes I will talk about the business side of things, too. Eventually I'd like to include videos, maybe even of me at work. When Dwarven Workshop has special events going on, we'll talk about those here, as well. In fact, if you go to our Facebook page (here) right now, you can help us think of a motto. Hopefully these blogs will get better as I go along. For now the important thing to say is that Dwarven Workshop is open for business, ready to do great work..