In 4 years blogging I have made some great friends around the world, quite a few of whom I have met in person and others I hope to meet in the future. I feel to be very much a part of a growing online craft community with links around the globe and I’d like this blog post to help strengthen that community and be a way of introducing all my online friends to each other, a virtual craft meet up if you like. It would be great if we could all meet in Edale village hall round a table with tea or a beer and lots of nice craftwork to chat about, I hope to organise that in 2012. I know there are some readers who are very talented woodworkers or skilled in other crafts whilst others are just starting out. I would love to hear from you all. In fact I hope to give you all a platform to say hello and maybe send me a link to your own blogs or websites if you have them.
You can get in touch by using the comments box below this post or by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to hear from lot’s of you and so my 500th blog post (this is 498) can be all about my blog readers.
I love to hear stories about folk that have been inspired in some way by my work or blog, it gives me the incentive to carry on writing. Here is a recent one Wilson Burnham of Brokeoff Mountain Lutherie is currently making a pole lathe to turn bowls.
and here are a couple of other woodworkers I have a lot of time for Jarrod StoneDahl makes wonderful pole lathe bowls and spoons in northern Wisconsin and one day I hope to visit and help him build one of his gorgeous birch bark canoes.
Peter Follansbee is the joiner making wonderful furniture using original techniques at Plimouth Plantation, his blog is well worth a read, particularly his posts with photos of original 17th century pieces like this. He also turns bowls every now and then.
Rivkah Mentzer is a medieval historian and homemaker. which involves many crafts, in my early days of blogging she encouraged me by posting nice comments. Later she visited the workshop and bought a bowl which she calles Mambrino and makes bread dough in, she posts pictures of the bowl from time to time and it is ageing nicely.
Next March for the Heritage Crafts Association spring conference at the V&A we have chosen the theme “Evolving Craft Communities” Richard Sennett author of “The Craftsman” will be our keynote speaker. I’ll be speaking about the way in which the internet has allowed me to feel connected with a wonderful community of folk in the UK and worldwide, my blog gets around 1500 readers a day so I am hoping some of you will join in the conversation, let me know who you are, where you are, what your interests are and maybe whether you draw inspiration or just a feeling of connectedness from following web blogs about subjects that have meaning for you. Over to you…….
ps if any of you do facebook I do that a little too here