Southern Woodworkers

DESIGNERS.

Some of us are fortunate to have designing in our blood, while the others hack their way through. In either case, we all look to each other for inspiration and honest feedback!

CREATORS.

Being a creator can be as easy as making something out of nothing. Our group has a vast variety in skill-sets from beginners to seasoned professionals, we welcome all kinds!

MAKERS.

Makers not only create but they also inspire. Most of us connect to each other through social media, YouTube, Instagram or locally. Try to connect with someone near you!

ABOUT US

Formed as a group on Facebook, we are a group of Makers and Woodworkers that happen to live in the Southern states of the U.S.A. We also have local get togethers or meetups to connect with folks near them.

Check out our group on Facebook!

#Thankful

So, I’ll be back next week with another “Meet The Maker”.   I had intended on taking a week off to spend time with the family for the holiday, but I woke up this morning feeling thankful and I wanted to put it on “paper”.  We all have so much to feel thankful for, and of course there are always the things in life that happen that we definitely could have done without.

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#introbeforetheintro

If you’re headed east on Beach Boulevard in Biloxi, Mississippi and you get past all the bright casino lights of Harrah’s and the Beau Rivage, you hit the Biloxi Bay Bridge, and across the bridge is the town of Ocean Springs.

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#mancrafting

Down in Lilburn, Georgia there is a basement shop, divided up into a laser room, a room for the CNC, a room for powdercoating, and of course, a room for woodworking, and then out back….an 8×16 shed for metal working.  The space is the home of one of the most diverse and multi-dimensional creators in our community, Mr. Chad Grosklags. 

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MeetTheMaker #dreadknot

So, I was beginning to dread trying to think of which great maker to feature this week for “Meet The Maker”, and then I thought to myself…wait…of course…”Dread Knot” (you’ll see what I did there) I thought to myself, because I suddenly knew the perfect Southern Woodworker to feature. 

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Meet The Maker #thinblueline

Just outside of Birmingham, Alabama is the city of Hoover.  It’s a suburb of the Magic City, and home to not only a man who is a tremendous woodworker and maker, but a defender of our nation, and now defender of his local community. 

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Meet The Maker #grampsguidance

Welcome back for the newest edition of Meet The Maker.  As this feature progresses, just like as we all do in the shop, I try and grow with each article I write and make each one better than the last.

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Meet The Maker – #backsurgeryboredom

In regards to Meet The Maker, I have a couple of brief announcements.

  1. I apologize for the delay.  Hurricane Irma granted us a few house guests and then she hit us…like a downgraded hurricane a day or two later.
  2. We are changing things up a little….Meet The Maker will now be dropping on Sunday afternoons instead of Wednesdays.
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What is a “Lollygag”?

Growing up you were always told “Never talk to Stranger”. As time went by you would hear stories of people meeting others on the internet and then never hearing from them again. Now we use an app to get a stranger to come pick us up and take us somewhere.

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Are Your Tools Holding You Back?

Maybe, but not how you think.

Maple and walnut cutting board made into a brick wall design.

It’s part of the human condition to never be satisfied.  The house could be bigger, the car nicer – you can pretty much name an item and we can come up with something about it that could be better.  Woodworkers and Makers of all types seem to have a mindset of “improvement,” and ingenuity is in our blood.  I bet most of us have a jig or a tool in our shop that we modified to fit our needs.

This natural industriousness is part of who we are as a community.  It’s the source of tons of YouTube videos and is a contributing reason why some YouTubers are more successful than others.  Personally, I’m drawn to YouTubers who are either great teachers or those who come up with new ideas.  New methods, new materials, new jigs, tool modifications – all these things are the result of some innate drive within us to constantly improve.

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Meet The Maker – #duhjigsaw

Welcome to the third installment of Meet The Maker.  This weeks feature is on my good buddy from up in Greensboro, NC, Maggie Murray.  Maggie runs her business Diversified Designs NC.  Working out of her garage in a 10×8 space that’s expandable when needed,  she is churning out some of the best rustic and reclaimed work in the South.

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