By the numbers I wrote 25 posts (not counting this one) in 2012 on a variety of topics.
I made a turning bow saw, a carved tool tote, marking gauge based on a period example, a six board tool chest for my son and two traditional carved storage boxes (which I will post final pictures of next year). Â Not all of these things got posted to the blog, mostly because I don’t really have a good set up for taking quality photos yet.
This year was all about the carving for me, as I took strong leaps forward in terms of skill and knowledge in the area of traditional 17th century carving. Â I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the subject, and am considering a fairly large project this next year in this mental arena. Â We’ll see, I’m not going to commit to it yet, because based on my post history my time to work on projects is fairly limited. Â IF I feel like I can pull it off, it will involve a lot of writing, something I’m not great at so we shall see.
My top new tools for 2012 include:
Skills that I feel I greatly improved this year:
Areas that I really want to work on in 2013:
I also have two classes coming up in 2013 at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking that I am very much looking forward to.
That’s the plan, who knows how it will hold up. Â I’m not making any resolutions, because I don’t believe in making grandiose sweeping proclamations that I will never achieve. Â I do make plans, and set reachable goals but don’t call them resolutions.
Happy New Year! and I wish all of you a big year of woodworking in 2013!
Woodworkers Guide: Top 100 Woodworking Sites.
I just discovered that I’ve been included in a top 100 list on the linked blog above.
That’s pretty cool, I wasn’t expecting that and I’m in some good company too.
So, I am in the middle of porting the site yet again!Â Also, I’m noticing that the last few updates are years old.Â Â I think I underestimated the time that my son would take up in terms of woodworking, and this business idea.
Also, my main job has been very time consuming as well and between that and raising a family, the Badger Woodworks as a business idea kind of had to take a back seat.
I’ve done a few comissions here and there, and have been getting some time to work on my wood working skills, but nothing for promoting the business.Â That’s ok, it’s still there and something I want to pursue.Â Lets look to the new year and see what that holds!
I’ve worked out two new styles of pens that I can offer. I’ve sourced the parts I need for Calligraphy pens, and they are a blast to make!Â I also have found the best rollerball style pen I’ve seen yet.Â The “Baron” style is a nice weight, comfortable size, and best of all looks amazing. I’ve been using my new pen at work, and it’s gotten lots of compliments already.Â I’ll be working on a page soon to display all the style I have available.Â Also, I figured out how to make a “Teachers Pen”, a double ended pen with black and red inks for grading papers.Â You can see examples of these in the Gallery