My PechaKucha Night Presentation

Februrary 14, 2013, I presented at Coquitlam’s PechaKucha Night, held at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. The video was recorded and edited by Geoff Scott of Tri-Cities Community TV.

These were the slides I used to guide my presentation.

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Interview of Chris Wong

Fellow woodworker and blogger Kenny Comeaux recently interviewed me about design and inspiration.

Read the whole interview on his blog, The Wood Ninja.

This is the sixth slide from my PechaKucha presentation.  


Ash Chair (and Inspiration)

Inspiration and Initial Experimentation
Prototype #1
Prototype #2
Prototype #3

New Apple Cribbage Boards

I’m beginning to catch up on posting some recently-completed projects which are now posted in my Store.

The wood for these two cribbage boards is from a local apple tree.  While I cannot guarantee one of these spectacular boards will improve your game, it may be enough to distract your opponent so that you can call Muggins and steal their points.

Since I do not use a CNC (computer numerically controlled) machine in my work, it is up to me to precisely lay out and drill each hole.  As David Pye discusses in his book, The Nature and Art of Workmanship, these cribbage boards are an excellent example of “workmanship of risk” because the success of the final product relies on my abilities every step along the way.  One misplaced hole can literally ruin a cribbage board.

As with all my work, each of these cribbage boards is signed and dated.

This board features live edges and three tracks.  Epoxy is used to stabilize the centre area.

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Apple Cribbage Board II Front

The live edge of this board is removed because of damage.  I quite like vertical edge and how it contrasts with the rich tones of the top.  This cribbage board features three tracks and a scoring field.

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Apple Cribbage Board III End

This is the fifth slide from my PechaKucha presentation.


A Box Called “Necessessity”

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 the world.  Many of them focus on creativity and inspiration.  I am compiling a list of the ones I enjoy as I listen to them.

I encourage you to attend a PechaKucha event and even consider presenting.  Talk about your passion, whatever it may be.  Also, find some TED talks that interest you and get inspired!

This is the second slide from my PechaKucha presentation.



Recap of PechaKucha Night

I had a great Thursday evening at PechaKucha Night.  I knew that, being Valentine’s Day, the Evergreen Cultural Centre would either be deserted or packed for the event.  As it turned out, it was packed.

Attendees At 6:30 pm, an hour before the show started, I arrived with the other presenters for a sound check and a rundown of how the evening would go, as well as a group photo (which I’ll post when I get a copy).  I spent the rest of the time before the show talking to the other presenters and I learned that Judson Beaumont was most looking forward to my presentation, as I was to his.  (Judson’s a really nice guy and we hit it off immediately.  He had also familiarized himself with my work ahead of time.)

There was a wide variety of topics and presentation strategies from the twelve presenters and it was fun to participate.  For my presentation, I showed slides of my work with some of my favourite quotes and talked briefly about the significance of the quote and the piece shown.  I had spent a lot of time preparing the slides and let them lead my talk.  Many of the audience members found my talk inspiring; after my slideshow, the emcee jokingly suggested that we all go home and make something.

At the end of this post and each of my next 19 blog posts, I will include one slide from my presentation and after that, the video that was recorded at the show complete with audio.

This is the first slide from my PechaKucha presentation.


Table with a Twist

More Information on PechaKucha Night

Here are some details on PechaKucha Night, Vol. 9 where I will be on stage giving my presentation February 14th.

If you are interested in furniture, you might recognize the name of another presenter: Judson Beaumont of Vancouver’s own Straight Line Designs.  I’m looking forward to his presentation.  (I find Keith Rice-Jones’ organic sculpture interesting as well.)

PechaKucha Night, Vol. 9PechaKucha Night, Vol. 9 (Page 2)

Brainstorming for My PechaKucha Presentation

Next month, I am giving a presentation at PechaKucha Night (pronounced Pechak-Cha) and have chosen to talk about the importance of the people who surround me.  The presentation revolves around 20 slides, each with a duration of 20 seconds.

My idea is to talk about the people (and their work) that inspire me, challenge me and enable me.  I also want to talk about how I share my work and how I give back to the woodworking community that has helped me so much.  I’ll probably touch on the years when I got seriously into woodworking too, which is when support from my elders was the most important.

If you have any ideas or points to talk about that you think would be useful for my presentation, please leave it in the comments section.  I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts.

PechaKucha Vol. 9