First, I'm bouncing around an idea about a regional woodworkers' book,
something of a combined style book, and area travelogue. It's
unformed, or at least largely unformed, at the moment. I know pretty
much where I want to go with it, but I've got some map studies to do,
and then I'll need to check out the local mountain folk for ideas. My
area, central Virginia, will be the axle for the wheel, but the wheel
will NOT go east. Sorry, but I don't like cities any more. So we're
starting with a flat tire, on one side, but a decent arch on the
other, working up in Tennessee and maybe into my father's state,
Kentucky, back down in the Carolinas and not too far west, Arkansas
possibly, while sticking to the high ground. We might rise into the
Nemahalen Highlands of Pennsy, too.
At this point I don't give a damn if the woodworkers featured are pros
or amateurs. All that's essential is excellence, but please don't
equate ornateness with excellence...think Shaker as well as fancy 18th
century secretaries. Think luthiery, too. Guitars and fiddles and you
name it if you can pluck it or scrape a bow across it. Do you do any
of that, or do you know someone who does? Please let me know.
Keep in mind that this book could go belly-up at any time at this
point. It's just an idea being researched, with tentative interest
shown by a publisher. If it does go, in today's economy it could still
go belly-up at any time. And if you supply information, please don't
be impatient. From contract signing to book release can be a period of
18 months, often longer. Add in early research and you can bet on
Finally, just on the off chance I've lost or misplaced or otherwise
screwed up addresses from those who sent me photos and information
about their shops for the new Creating Your Own Woodshop, please pass
'em along again: charlies @ charlieselfonline. You can also use the
gmail address on this, if it's visible.
The woodshop book is due out the end of March, maybe a week or so
earlier, and I want to be able to get off the free copies ASAP after
I've seen an advance copy, and, I must say, it turned out decently.
Probably most of the thanks go to David Thiel and the crew at Popular
Woodworking books. He pulled at it until I provided enough info--or
all I had. I got some marvelous photos from people who were using
their own cameras and skill, which I appreciate a great deal.