Good Stuff!

Rob PortraitIf you’ve been reading for a while, you likely know that I learned woodworking at my dad and uncle’s knees. Back in the day (which day, I’ll leave you to guess…), there was no one out there offering us a cushy, already-put-together program to start a woodworking furniture business.

These days, there is. Eureka Woodworks happens to be the sponsor of this issue of the eZine, and I think you’ll find it interesting to read about their business model in the Industry Interview and about their jigs in Tool Preview (particularly in light of all the tightwad – er, frugal – comments you sent me recently about woodworkers!).

Another aspect of this eZine I wanted to highlight is one that those of you who subscribe to the Premium section of the eZine likely already know about: the woodworking quiz. It’s something we include in each issue for fun, which has the added bonus of keeping our woodworking knowledge sharp. (I’m not going to tell you who in our office regularly hits the high score …).

The quiz in this eZine was written by Betty Scarpino, the regular woodturning columnist for the print Woodworker’s Journal. This quiz isn’t about turning, though. Instead, as the school year draws to a close and students everywhere recite “no more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks” – and dads like me rejoice at the end of tuition bills! — Betty has decided to reminisce about her college woodworking teacher. Here’s what she has to say:

“Dabney Doty was my industrial arts instructor in college, some 30-odd years ago. I learned a lot from him, some of which goes beyond usual, routine woodworking instruction. Although I primarily do woodturning these days, some of what I learned from Mr. Doty is still vivid in my mind.  I dedicate this quiz to fond memories of shop class and to an excellent instructor!”

Premium subscribers, click on over to find out what Betty learned! (If you’re not a premium subscriber yet, hit the “premium” button on the top nav bar, and you’ll learn all about this great program!) Everyone, go read Industry Interview and learn about Eureka! And have fun learning about woodworking!

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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