About me

I’m a creative, with interests and diversions aplenty – still in search of my “medium.” A Graphic Designer by trade (and schooling); DIY Homeowner by necessity; aspiring woodworker, chef and traveler by nature – I’m also a jungle gym and improvisationist by the sheer will (and for the total amusement) of my daughter.

In previous ‘lives’ I’ve been a cross-country runner, a judoka, a fencer and various degrees of vegetarian (going on 10 years).

I’ve followed my muse at one time or another with pens and pencils, paints, brushes, camera (digital, 35mm and 3/4 inch video), mixed and multi-media, hand and power tools. In recent years I’ve been exploring the worlds of fine cooking and fine woodworking (and fine blogging) in mostly equal portions. I find the computer provides a nice yin to the yang of the woodshop (or yang to the yin), and as for the food…. well… everything centers around food!

My wife and I seem to have planned most of our vacations around new (and favorite) restaurants we’d like to try, near home and away. Since our honeymoon in Napa Valley, we’ve enjoyed visiting wineries (and making a day of it) whenever we get the chance.

Currently, (while I’m waiting for my 3 year old to be old enough to appreciate world travel, and old enough to “help” in the shop, I’m spending time in the kitchen trying to broaden her culinary horizons. I’m also (always) trying to get back into running (knees willing) – one way I can arguably buck the whole ‘low carb’ trend that isn’t going away fast enough!

On the woodworking side, I’m trying to maintain a greater balance of projects than sawdust. My woodworking blog will serve as a timeline of current work in progress, and (hopefully) serve a great learning tool (for myself, as well as others).

Creative (woodworks) you say? Big boast for an amateur? Well let me try to humbly say that I’ve considered myself an artist nearly all my life. I have a degree in, and make a living as a Graphic Designer (12+ years and counting). I’m more about words and pictures lately – the interplay of mixed media (in a digital framework, but still mixed, not multi if you ask me). Once I became a “grown-up” my grandfather confessed/confided in me that he never really though I was an artist so much as I was creative. I think he hit the nail on the head. And amateur or not, it’s my challenge, and since I’ve put it in writing, I’ll have to be!

6 thoughts on “About me

  1. Thanks Chris – No sorry. My grandfather salvaged the better part of a chalkboard for me some years back, in several large, irregular pieces. Probably came from their church or a local school undergoing renovations.

  2. Hello Chris,

    I am the Information & Services Coordinator for the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario in Canada.

    We came across your hoodies with the Milo My Ninja Seal character. We are curious about your connection to the condition, how you came up with the idea.

  3. We make a Butcher Block Conditioner that is similiar to our Feed-N-Wax that you mentioned, but it is made with food grade mineral oil and I think it would be better for your bowl/utensils. I would be happy to send you a sample. Let me know if you are interested,

    Thank you.

    Justine Lopez
    Marketing Coordinator
    Howard Products, Inc.

  4. Nice site. I came across it while searching around the Internet.

    I’m a woodworker that got my start when I inherited my grandfather’s hand tools. I recently created a tool rack which was featured in American Woodworker Magazine (Oct 2008 edition), which I thought you might like to read and link to on your site for your readers –> http://www.woodshopics.com/html/tool_rack_0.html. If you do link to it, please use the following HTML snippet:

    tool storage

    Feel free to create a post about it on your site for your readers, as well. If you do link to it, please be sure and use the words “tool storage” as the link text (as shown above).

    If you would like to link to the Woodshopics home page, please use the following snippet:

    woodshop layout

    If you have any feedback on how to improve the toolrack, I would greatly appreciate it.

    If you would like a link from me at http://www.woodworkingfacts.com, please let me know. I’d be happy to do it.

    Happy woodworking,


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