Inspiration, in a Word

Last weekend, I attended a private gathering of 40 of Port Moody's top artists.  To help everyone get to know each other, we were given an activity.  We were each given a list with everyone's name and we were to say "hi" to everyone else and share two words that represent an inspiration to us. … Continue reading Inspiration, in a Word

How About an Inspirational Talk?

The purpose of PechaKucha is to share ideas and inspire and encourage discussion.  To assist in their talks, presenters use twenty slides, each twenty seconds long.  PechaKucha Nights are held in over 600 cities world-wide (click to find one nearby). TED (technology, education, design) talks are similar, but with less structure.  Like PechaKucha, TED talks occur around … Continue reading How About an Inspirational Talk?

Hardware Inspires Me

Experienced woodworkers know that one of the keys to a successful project is to have the hardware that will be used on-hand before the planning stage is complete and building begins. While having a thorough (and accurate) understanding of the hardware is one reason to explore what is available, I also study hardware for inspiration. … Continue reading Hardware Inspires Me

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Recently I picked up a few books that are sure to be inspiring. 500 Cabinets is the latest woodworking-related publication in Lark Books' 500 series.  Previous books include: 500 Chairs, 500 Tables, 500 Wood Bowls, and 400 Wood Boxes.  This book is not as inspiring as the others, but I'm not surprised.  Although there is … Continue reading Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

New Category: Notable Inspirations

I am creating another new category for my posts and there will also be a page for these Notable Inspirations.  When I come across a design that makes me stop and stare in awe or challenges conventions, I take note. With each piece, I will include one or more picture, the maker's name, title of … Continue reading New Category: Notable Inspirations

Tribute to the Butt Hinge

It may seem odd to some, but the truth is that one of my greatest inspirational sources is Lee Valley's hardware catalog.  Many hours I have spent poring over the pages - mainly the Specialty Hardware and Small Box Hardware, but also the knobs, pulls, and other assorted hardware. This was the case about a … Continue reading Tribute to the Butt Hinge