RavinHeart on August 15th, 2013

On this episode of Shop Time I got the opportunity to have a conversation with someone I consider one of my working heroes … Jim Heavey.

I have seen Jim’s presentations at the Woodworking Show in Milwaukee several times over the years. His ability to present just about any topic in a simple and entertaining way keeps me coming back every time. In the episode we discuss Jim’s many roles in the woodworking community (The Woodworking Shows, Wood Magazine, Weekend with Wood) and a few other things about Jim and his woodworking life.

If you have questions for Jim or myself, feel free to comment, Skype, or use the contact form. Be sure to check out the contact info at the end of the video for other ways to contact the show too …

 

 

RavinHeart on July 20th, 2013

On this episode of Shop Time I get to talk with Hendrik Varju again.

We discuss outdoor projects and finishing and what are some things we can do to keep woodworking when life gets in the way.

If you have questions for Hendrik or myself, feel free to comment, Skype, or use the contact form and  we will try to answer them on the next episode.

All the Contact information is also at the end of the video. You can visit Hendriks’s site at passionforwood.com.

 

 

RavinHeart on February 28th, 2013

On this episode of Shop Time I get to talk with Hendrik Varju again.

In this episode we we talk about some tips for making cabinet doors.

If you have questions for Hendrik or myself, feel free to comment, Skype, or use the contact form and  we will try to answer them on the next episode.

All the Contact information is also at the end of the video. You can visit Hendriks’s site at passionforwood.com.

 

RavinHeart on February 17th, 2013

The Woodworking ShowsEarlier today, my friend (and sometimes co-host on a live casts) Dave and I took a ride down to the Woodworking Show in Milwaukee. It’s always fun to goof off and catch up on the drive down. Traffic and parking are always interesting around the fair grounds that house the show. We ended up getting to the show a little later than we usually do and had to park what seemed like across the city from the building on the below freezing temperature walk.

Roland JohnsonOnce we got inside we saw a lot of familiar businesses and faces. Kreg, Lee Valley, Bosh, Micro Fence, Woodline, Microjig, Neu’s, Peachtree, and all the normal players were there. After learning about sharpening turning tools last year, I was happy to pick up a set of Raptor tools from Craft Supplies. I also got some pen blanks from Amazon Silhouette, and sanding mops form Sand Flee. As always there were plenty of things I could have brought home. Thought long and hard about the Dewalt trim router and ordering the larger Fibonacci gauge from Woodpecker. But, after so many years going down to the show, this was the first time I didn’t go with the goal of expanding my tool collection and I didn’t really “need” anything.

Crazy CanadianThe biggest part of the show, and the reason I was there, was the speakers and presenters. Years past had seen the lessening of the topics and time devoted to this part of the show. Last year it started to grow the learning section again, and it did not disappoint me in the slightest this year. There were more areas to watch, learn, and ask questions, than I have seen in a very long time.

Alex SnodgrassWith only one day at the show I didn’t get to see every presentation. But, Jim Heavy’s sessions have long been some of my favorites. He is an excellent presenter and has a great sense of humor. His pointers on finishing, as always, gave me some techniques to keep in mind for any project and I got to chuckle too. Talking with Jim after and hearing about the upcoming Weekend with Wood was in interesting topic I hope to talk with him more about the future. Bob Settich inspired me to look into wooden plan making last year, and his presentation on simplifying thinking about hardware gave me a few ideas for an upcoming project. Ronald Johsson helped me put my mind at ease when it comes to my love of old hand planes and knowing I have used many of the same methods when acquiring mine. Watching Ron Brown just makes you want to get home and turn on the lathe. Paul Moore, better known as the Crazy Canadian, had everyone in the audience laughing while learning a few things along the way including not to take things so serious and have some fun. The session titled “The Most Important Tool” by Andy Chidwhick was my favorite part of the show this year. Not just because I got to hang out with Andy at the show or because I got a Sawdust tour shirt. But, for the ideas Andy helped bring back into my head. For getting me to think outside my self-defined “box”, his show title of “The Woodworking Coach” is fitting and deserved.

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The woodworking community, online, or in person, is an inviting and inspiring and group of people that I am proud to be a part of.

RavinHeart on January 6th, 2013

On this episode of Shop Time I get to talk with Scott Meek of Scott Meeks Woodworks an excellent and talented wooden plane maker.

 

 

 

 

RavinHeart on December 15th, 2012

On this episode of Shop Time I get to talk with Hendrik Varju again. You can visit Hendriks’s site at passionforwood.com.

In this episode we cover questions from viewers. We also talk about some changes to Hendrik’s site.

If you have questions for Hendrik feel free to comment, Skype, or use the contact we will try to answer them on the next episode. All the Contact information is at the end of the video.

 

 

RavinHeart on December 1st, 2012

Ho, Ho, Ho … the holiday season is upon us and I feel kind of like Santa. I reached out to a few of the companies I use regularly to see if they would participate in a Holiday Give Away, with an overwhelming response of yes. I figured I might get a prize or two to offer to my viewers. But, so far there are 5 companies offering multiple prizes. The Live Cast scheduled to start on the 9th of December 2012 at 8PM central time is going to a good one.

The prizes will be given away to people in the chat room on the Streaming & Chat page during the Live Cast. You need to be logged in to the chat room and able to make comments during the Live Cast to be eligible to win. You can log in as a registered member of the site, with Facebook, with Twitter, or as a guest … If you win a prize I will get your info and the company will ship the prize right to you.

If anything changes or is added to the prize list below I will update this post. I hope to see you online at the Live Cast.

 

 

The Prizes (So Far):

 

 

 

 

Fox Chapel Publishing is offering a copy of any book I have previously reviewed on the site. Selection is up to the winner.

 

 

 

 

Gorilla Glue is donating a Prize pack the includes several of their products and a Gorilla Glue T-Shirt

 

 

 

 

 

Klingspor through woodworkingshop.com is offering a 5 pound box or sand paper sheets, a 5 pound box of sand paper rolls, and box of 50 sanding discs

 

 

 

 

 

MicroJig is donating a ZeroPlay Guide Bar, an MJ Splitter, and a GRR-Ripper

 

 

 

 

General Finishes will be contributing two sets of a Quart of their Enduro Var and a Quart of stain of the winner’s choice.

 

 

 

 

I will also be giving away at Three different items from the RavinHeart Renditions merchandise

 

RavinHeart on November 18th, 2012

On this episode of Shop Time I get to talk with Hendrik Varju again. You can visit Hendriks’s site at passionforwood.com.

Hendrik offers several classes and seminars for helping all levels of woodworkers advance their skills.

Hendrik also has several DVDs and on this episode we talk about Hendrik’s new DVD, Hand Plane Techniques. Comment on this post for a chance to WIN a copy.

If you have any questions for Hendrik feel free to contact me and will address them on the next episode. Contact information is at the end of the video.