|As my children are in the throes of back-to-school preparations, I am reminded of all I've learned this past year, even though I haven't been a student in a classroom for quite a while. For example, I've learned that you can go home again, which I found upon returning to work at All American Crafts after a 10-year hiatus as a stay-at-home mom. I also learned that computers have come a long way during that time period, because the magazine production process looks nothing like it did when I left!
Finally, I've learned a great deal about woodworking. I have to admit, my only prior experience with woodworking was 7th grade woodshop; my parents still have my key-shaped key holder hanging in their laundry room. (I’m sure many of you have made that same project!) Luckily for me, however, the contributors to Creative Woodworks & Crafts are excellent teachers and have helped me achieve a certain comfort level with my understanding of the craft.
In keeping with this theme of education, our hope here at Creative Woodworks & Crafts is to continually expose readers to new ideas in the area of woodworking. This issue, for example, features the last article in our mini lathe series by Scott and Kathy Griffith. Throughout this series, they demonstrated how to make items ranging from kaleidoscopes to magnifying glasses to, of course, pens. And scroller Rick Hutcheson is back in this issue with an article
offering hints for cutting miniature puzzles and other tiny items.
Although not running in this current issue, Wes Demarest enlightens us on a routine basis about different wood species in his series, Wes' Woodpile, and our Intarsia Talk column by Bob Hlavacek provides great tips for new and veteran intarsia workers alike. Orchid Davis has taught, and will continue to teach in future issues, about woodburning. A quick glance at the artistry of Debbie Pompano, whose work is featured in the Reader's Gallery, shows what an amazing art form woodburning can be.
Our designers are also incredible teachers. While it requires a special talent to be able to create the beautiful
projects they provide for the magazine, it is quite another talent altogether to explain to someone else how to do it! Just check out John Polhemus’ clear and concise how-to's for making mini puzzles, his "Little Pork Barrel," and the humorous "The Buck Stops Here." And Sheila Bergner-Landry's Retro Clock instructions not only show how to make the clock, they also include a detailed step-by-step for using a jig to drill on circular surfaces, a process that can be adapted for many other projects.
It is impossible to list all of our wonderful designers and contributors individually, so I would like to send them all a big thanks for the huge help they've been to me this past year. I hope you, our readers, will continue along your woodworking "learning curve" and keep challenging yourselves with new projects and developing new skills.
Wishing you health, happiness, and enjoyable crafting experiences!
Trailing Vines Mini Clock
Starburst Flower Mini Clock
Support Our Troops Frame
Trio of Ornaments
Ready to Ride
The Buck Stops Here!
A Fine Pair of Screech Owls
My Little Pork Barrel
Mini Jigsaw Puzzle Cube
Photos of Projects in this Issue
Golden Eagle Intarsia
Mini Lathe Series: Big Ben Cigar Pen