I just completed my road trip interviewing various woodworkers throughout the western United States.
This was an amazing trip, I met and interviewed some of the most talented woodworkers in the country! The interviews and the videos will be fantastic, but I the best part for me personally is that I made so many new friends.
I was on the road for 7-1/2 weeks, I drove through 11 states and I put 6800 miles on my car. Another unfortunate statistic is that I gained 7 pounds while I was gone, a pound a week! It is a good thing I got home when I did because I would really be in trouble if I stayed out much longer!
I interviewed a total of 11 different woodworkers: The Wood Whisperer – Marc Spagnuolo, David Marks, Peter Brown, Matthew Morris, Andrew Klein, Ray Mowder of Tab Left Workshop, Braxton Wirthlin, Zac Higgins of NV Woodworks, Michael Cooper, Chad Schimmel and Chris Kerschner of Adventures in DIY.
During the trip I met a total of 14 different woodworkers and filmed at least 22 separate videos. Over the next several months I will post all of them to my YouTube channel and put them on my blog.
During the last leg of my trip I met woodworkers in Phoenix and Denver. The Wood Whisperer, Chad Schimmel, and Ty Moser live in the Phoenix area. I then met with Andy Klein in Denver.
I will post more details about all of the interviews as I complete the editing and get them up on YouTube! Unfortunately, my computer is having trouble handling the huge video files and editing is taking a lot longer than I thought it would. The computer problems is just a bump in the road. I am sure I will work through it and start posting those interviews very soon!
Charlie with The Wood Whisperer, Marc Spagnuolo at his shop outside of Phoenix, Arizona
Chad Schimmel in the pen making section of his woodshop in Chandler, Arizona.
Charlie with Andy Klein in his Denver woodshop.
Charlie with Ty Moser in Phoenix
I also got to meet Ty Moser while I was in Phoenix. I didn’t even know that he lived there, but through the magic of social media we connected. Ty is a great guy!. He and I met for lunch and I was liked him very much. In fact, I would like to do some kind of collaboration with him, but I have NO IDEA what that might look like!
It was a wonderful trip, but I am very happy to be back in my shop. The travel and the interviews were an experience that I will never forget, but am a woodworker and I want to get started on my next project!
Until next time –
Charlie from Jack Bench Woodworking!