This should be a quick blog to answer the best wishes you all sent to me today. I am hoping everyone on woodworkingmasterclasses will read this too. There is no way I could answer them all so I want to tell you how much your well wishing has meant to me.
I started to blog only three years ago not knowing if what I had to say was of any value or interest to anyone. Joseph, who I think you all know, was the one to suggest the whole thing to me and we had no idea what would happen but it happened.
It’s not really the statistics I measure the successes we’ve had by so much as your unreserved support. I wasn’t sure if woodworkers would understand my hope for a new-genre woodworker, but I knew it was important enough to halt the progressive loss of crafting artisans and old world craftsmanship to reestablish standards they once held in the future lives of fully trained and qualified amateurs. My thought then was that we could help people strike out in a new direction, discover adventures in woodworking and break away from machine-only methods and trends for working wood. I’m not alone in this work. Others have volunteered and now work full time with us. In the midst if our work we are able to also meet marginalised sections in the larger community of possibilities. All of this has become a living reality.
So today, as I celebrate my birthday and read all of your messages and emails, I feel truly happy.
Thank you all!