The year I left California to return to Canada, with the hopes of finding a place to teach the craft that was so dear to me. A dear friend gave me a piece of advice, suggesting that I build one piece every year. The If I could add to this I would say build it from your heart. Since leaving the College of the Redwoods fourteen years ago, I regret I did not do this. This advice, came from one of the most soulful men I know. I had the good fortune of having Michael Burns as a teacher, and I regret not doing anything and everything to make it happen. Since setting up my shop at home, and taking on the book, I have struggled to find my way back to the craft that inspired me all those years ago. Since first reading A Cabinetmakers Notebook by James Krenov in 1987, our lives have followed a road less traveled, for which I am so grateful. It was that book, and the conversations between Jim and I in the years that lead to the opening of our school in the spring of 2004. I realize now, that while I have gained the passion for teaching, somewhere along the way, I lost something more important. I have recently discovered the importance of working daily from the heart.
In working in my shop a few hours each morning before heading into the school to teach, I do not really feel I have enough to update every week, but will do my best. Since my last entry, I have completed the drawer pocket joinery, mortised for the hinges in the cabinet, cut a few curves and made a new bottom. I have moved onto fitting the door and running the rabbet and lip where they meet. Heart Hand & Eye is progressing well after taking some very good advice from my editor. Every day at the same time.
Be well and enjoy your work,