Whether you’re a woodworking expert or beginner with no idea where to start, there are a multitude of resources available online that offer ideas and instructions for projects. While there are plenty of woodworking icons on the web, when you find yourself looking for specific help it can be more beneficial to network with others who aren’t major celebrities or those solely looking to sell something. The following woodworking enthusiasts have a passion for both the hobby and sharing their accomplishments with the online world. Belonging to various social media platforms, they actively keep in touch with friends and fans alike. From posting weekly blogs to tweeting and sharing pictures and videos, they are growing icons in the online woodworking realm.
Facebook: High Rock Woodworking
Bio: Christopher Adkins is a third generation woodworker from Atlanta who enjoys sharing his woodworking experiences and advice with others. He posts his projects and creations in detailed blogs that include high quality pictures and occasional videos. He also includes safety tips and product reviews. Christopher is part of the Modern Woodworkers Association and his latest post features creating a new handle for an old hand saw. Read the latest blog.
Facebook: Matt's Basement Workshop
Bio: Matt Vanderlist, the creator and host of Matt’s Basement Workshop and Spoken Wood Podcast, is a resident of Muskegon, Michigan. He began his podcast in 2006 and has continued updating multiple times per week. Apart from podcasts, he posts his favorite products, reviews items, and posts other information he finds useful. He considers himself an amateur woodworker and did his latest product review on Gorilla Glue. Read full.
Facebook: Aschi's Workshop
Bio: Peter Aschi from Brisbane, Australia is a wooden toy maker who began his craft by creating toys from cardboard boxes and spools when he was a child. He designs his own plans and says they are “…for average people with average woodworking skills like myself, but who want better than average results.” Apart from offering a catalogue online, he also has free plans and tips and encourages fans to send in pictures of their own creations on Facebook and Twitter. One of his free patterns is for a Valentine’s Day tea light holder. Read full.
Google+: Paul-Marcel St-Onge
Bio: Chandler, Arizona resident Paul Marcel loves three things: salsa dancing, hockey, and woodworking. His woodworking website features video podcasts, product reviews, project stories, and pictures of his creations. He is a member of Charles Neil’s Master Woodworking guild and has 94 video uploads on YouTube. One of his more impressive blog features is a 12-part video showing his creation of a sculpted mahogany vanity from start to finish. Read full.
Wood Magazine: Tom's Wood Magazine
Bio: While Tom Iovino is a Florida Public Information Officer who loves cooking and coaching youth basketball, he also has been an avid woodworker since 1998. He shares knowledge and experience on his own website as well as Wood Magazine and Wood Talk Online. In Tom’s blogs, he is an excellent communicator and has a knack for relating his everyday experiences and thoughts to woodworking somehow. For example, his latest blog features his transition from thinking about coffee grinding to demonstrating how to sharpen a tool.
Although these 5 might not have a popular TV show or thousands of Twitter followers, they are extremely knowledgeable and love creating and showcasing projects and advice to the digital world. They reply to comments, communicate with fans and fellow wood artists, and maintain a constant presence on Twitter. Whether you’re looking for project ideas, product reviews, advice, or general woodshop chat, these influental individuals are certain to fit your criteria.
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