Welcome to 2018 everybody and welcome back to Meet The Maker. We are going to make this bigger and better every week this year so everyone buckle up and get ready! In thinking about how to start up 2018 with a bang, I could not think of a better option than the king of the Gram Fam and the master of the IG story, and photographer extraordinaire Nick Key from Key Woodworks.
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.
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 8x16 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.