You may notice my blog has a little different layout. I don't know why I hadn't already addressed this, but now is better than never. I have been following Marc Spagnuolo for about four or five years. I think I discovered him shortly after he entered the realm of woodworking podcasting. The guy is simply a genius. He is a constant student and never claims to know everything about woodworking, but he does knows a hell of a lot and he knows a hell of a lot of other great woodworkers, who know a hell of a lot. (Could I use "a hell of a lot" anymore?) He's accessible and his podcasts are the best on the internet and, in my opinion, the best woodworking shows period on or off the internet. I've been a member of The WoodWhisperer Guild since it's inception and although I don't usually build along with the projects that The Guild is making, the enormous amount of information make it very well worth the money spent to become a Guild member. Please take the time to to click the affiliate link on the right side of my page and peruse his Guild site. If you don't know who Marc is or the online presence he has built, check out the free The WoodWhisperer offerings: The WoodTalk Online site for a really great talk radio webcast featuring Marc, Matt Vanderlist of Matt's Basement Workshop, the Podfather of Woodworking and Shannon Rogers - The Renaissance Woodworker. On Woodtalk Online you'll also find a new radio show featuring Marc and Matt reviewing woodworking DVDs and giving them a rating of 1 to 5 "grape sodas"; The WoodTalk Online Forum, which is the most friendly woodworking forum you will visit. Mean spirited or overly judgmental people simply aren't welcome; Last, but not least, is the Live Chat/Live Stream page where you can chat in real time with fellow woodworkers and usually get a glimpse into one of the many shops that stream live via Ustream, including mine. All these sites can be reached via the main The WoodWhisperer site.
Another addition is The Hand Tool School badge. The Hand Tool School is the brain child of Shannon Rogers, mentioned above. The premise behind the school is to capture the apprentice experience as best we can in this cyber age. You will learn how to use hand tools, which is an essential aspect of creating fine furniture. While I'm what is referred to as a hybrid woodworker, which means I make furniture with both power and hand tools, all the fine tuning and fit is done with hand tools. You simply can't set up any power tools to give you the fine fit and finish you can achieve with hand tools.
If you love woodworking as much as I do, are a beginner or even a well skilled woodworker, you have a more available knowledge base than ever before. Take advantage of that. I hope to see you around the community I love so much.
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