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.
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.
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.
In regards to Meet The Maker, I have a couple of brief announcements.
- 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.
- We are changing things up a little….Meet The Maker will now be dropping on Sunday afternoons instead of Wednesdays.
Maybe, but not how you think.
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.
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.
Welcome everyone to the second installment of “Meet the Maker”. This weeks featured maker is none other than David Molina. David is originally from New York but has called Hiram, Georgia home for the past 12 years. David’s shop is a 10X20 building with a 7×10 workable floor space. His day job is in plumbing and he has over 30 years experience in the trade.
First and foremost, welcome to the newest addition to the Southern Woodworkers ever growing realm of awesomeness. The Meet The Maker feature will be a new weekly feature here in Southern Woodworkers. Each week we will be featuring a member of the community who has exemplified the meaning of being a true maker and deserves some recognition.