Contributor to: Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking
Editor-in-Chief Woodwork Magazine
Been featured in numerous books
Numerous appearances in a multitude of television shows including Boyle-Nidway's "Secrets of Master Craftsmen"
Furniture by Design
Traditional Woodworking Handtools
Traditional Woodworking Techniques
Videos: Frame & Panel I, Frame & Panel II
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Woodworking
Illustrated Basic Carpentry
Illustrated Interior Carpentry
The parts of a House
Illustrated Calendar of Home Repair
The Illustrated Book of Housebuilding & Carpentry
In January Graham Blackburn is coming to 'wortheffort' to teach a course on Dovetails. But don't think this education will be limited to just the joint. By going into extreme detail of the tools, their uses and maintainence, and techniques this is a fantastic course to introduce a new woodworker to hand tools and refine the skills of even the most experience. The fact that we're focusing on dovetails is almost secondary. This is an in depth course on hand tools being taught by a gentlemen with a phenominal technical background, proven communication skill and ability to entertain. Plus... the stories!
This is going to be a class you'll benefit from for the rest of your life.
-- the latest video: Woodturning Demystified - A turning overview
In the beginning there was an idea and dream, then a website/pop-up shop, and finally... the goal of creating the perfect place to inspire and educate others about the incredibly rewarding world of fine woodworking. Much like art instructors who teach painting in a museum so that students can learn from the masters, wortheffort will be a school/art gallery both digitally and in the brick-n-mortar world. Picture a dozen workbenches in the middle of fantastic art gallery dedicated to some of the best woodworking being produced today and you'll get a glimpse of my dream. Not only will the students be inspired but they will also learn to appreciate the effort and skill artists put forth to create their masterpieces. Additionally, it'll be a single resource for interior designers, collectors and the general public to find and be educated about said woodworking masterpieces.
The approach wortheffort will take in education is not what I'd consider trade education. While the goal is to create a new generation of fine woodworkers and afficianatoes, it will be in the craftsman/artisan side of the 'hobby'. A general education for the mass populous wanting to be able to make heirloom artifacts for family and friends to appreciate for centuries to come. Not neccessarily the fastest most profitable way to make batches of durable fine woodworking goods. Hence I view the information presented as that for a practical artisan woodworker who enjoys the expressiveness that can be achieved by mastering a simple tool, be it powered by hand or burnt electron.
So here it is... wortheffort.com. The digital side to my adventure showing you that it is always 'Worth the Effort' to learn, create and share with others.