What’s it all about?

We were recently treated to (I hope) a well meaning excoriation from one of our readers. He expressed some frustration over the seeming lack of actual woodworking information presented here.

When I got the job of writing this blog, I was pretty uncertain as to how I would approach it. Woodworking is not exactly an area that has suffered from a lack of written material. And much of what is written is, in one way or another, redundant. I realize that there are always new products that can be talked about and new methods that can be discussed. But that seems more in the prevue of the magazine. And I really did not want to simply “retread” well covered ground.

Cameras might not be immediately thought of as relating to woodworking. But most woodworkers find themselves needing photos of their work. The internet might not be thought of as related to woodworking but it has become the primary means of exposure and information exchange for a majority of woodworkers. Health insurance might not seem to be an issue related to woodworking but it is a “no brainer” when it comes to business.

This blog was supposed to be about the business of woodworking. For me, it is virtually impossible to separate business and politics. I may have ventured onto shaky ground in my attempt to keep this interesting and to keep people engaged. I do notice that the posts that touch on political issues usually get the most comments. And that would indicate that readers are engaged.

So I am asking, what would you like to read about here? I guess this is a kind of poll.



  • Nancy Kroes says:

    I’m good with what you’ve been writing about.

  • Gene Kelly says:

    I have just today received my weekly edition of Woodshop News and have gotten caught up on the last two installments of your blog. I am really surprised that today, 5 days after initially posting this topic that there haven’t been any comments about what people want to see in this blog.

    For my part, I enjoy the diverse way in which you approach this task. You are correct in thinking that there is more this business than building a side table or cabinet. There are plenty of articles available for that. This is not the place for that.

  • Alan Young says:

    I’m guilty of not reading your blog and AJ’s for that matter on a regular basis. I probably check in every week to two weeks and read all the posts I’ve missed. Between the two blogs I get interesting personal insights in the shop and business-even if the topics might seem a bit off the woodworking center. I do not read either blog for the pins or tails first topics… In short-I’m a satisfied camper.

  • Doug Darter says:

    I enjoy your blog as is. Perhaps the unhappy person should find one he likes better and leave you alone. Please don’t change anything.

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