Monday, September 10, 2007.
That's the day I sat down to write my first blog post, not knowing if anyone would ever be interested in reading it. But, that was okay. My sole reason for starting a blog was to make friends with other likeminded folks. And if that didn't happen, I'd just head back to my quiet little corner of the woodworking world.
But it did happen. I made tons of friends. And I never could have predicted all the other things that occurred over the next five and a half years because of my blog.
I'm grateful for all the opportunities that came my way, the encouragement I received, and the knowledge I gained.
For the first three years, I was obsessed with "feeding my blog" with visits to historic sites and woodworking events, and pushing myself to try new things.
Since then, I've cut back on blogging. With so much great content out there through podcasts and blogs, and online communities such as the Modern Woodworkers Association, it seems as though all the bases are covered.
I played fastpitch softball until I was 33 years old. That's when I decided to hang up my cleats while I was still playing good ball.
I'm not sure what my next step is in woodworking,* but I feel that it's time to take a seat on the bench in the blogging league and watch the game from the cheering section.
With that, I'll leave you with some of my favorite posts, and offer you my most sincere appreciation for reading The Village Carpenter blog.
All the best to you.
February 14, 2008
March 12, 2008
August 30, 2008
May 3, 2009
July 10, 2009
October 31, 2009
February 18, 2010
July 11, 2010
May 22, 2011
*You might wonder why I think it's even necessary to close my blog. It's because I see this as the last entry in my 560-page "book." So now I can start a new one.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Registration for Woodworking In America is now open!
You'll see some new speakers as well as old favorites at this year's event. And of course, there is a huge variety of classes to inspire, educate, and entertain you. On top of all that is the icing on the cake—the marketplace—where you get to test drive and talk to the makers of your favorite tools.
At each WIA I've attended (I think it's 4), I've found myself making mad dashes to try to catch as many classes and meet as many people as possible.
So if you have ever considered cloning yourself, now might be a good time to get started.