I am introducing a new portion of my blog entitled 12 Lighthearted Questions.
The idea being that I send out 12 informal questions to a variety of woodworkers on the blogs and publish their responses, unedited. Hopefully it will provide a unique perspective into some of our favorite woodworkers and to serve as a way for them to share a little more insightful information about themselves, with us, the woodworking community.
Why 12? Well, there are 12 inches in a foot, 12 eggs in a carton, 12 steps in the program, and 12 seemed to be the right number of questions that a woodworker might actually take the time to respond to!
I recently went back and read all of her amazing blog posts from 2007 on and I’ve chose Kari Hultman, of The Village Carpenter, as our first candidate. She was graceful enough to accept:
12 Lighthearted Questions for Kari Hultman, The Village Carpenter
1- Was there a woodworker in your family growing up? Nope. My Dad is a retired nuclear projects engineer. I learned at a very young age not to ask him what he did for a living, because he’d tell me. In engineer’s details.
2- Who is your biggest woodworking influence? Probably Chris Schwarz. I discovered his blog soon after I started mine, and his enthusiasm for and research into traditional woodworking helped steer me in the right direction.
3- What book would you buy as a gift for a novice woodworker? If he/she were interested in working with hand tools, I would suggest Country Furniture by Aldren Watson. I haven’t read many power tool books, but the book that got me started in woodworking was The Complete Manual of Woodworking by Albert Jackson and David Day.
4- Does being a graphic artist influence your woodworking? Definitely. Principles in design are found in all the arts and crafts: balance, composition, negative space, pattern, hierarchy, contrast…
5- What flavor ice cream? Turkey Hill’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!
6- You seem to use a lot of pine, which most woodworkers won’t touch. What’s your favorite wood to work with? I do love pine, especially the smell. My favorite wood is Pennsylvania cherry. Its workability, warmth, and depth are superb. When it’s finished, it glows. Plus, I can get it for a buck fifty a board foot. I’m never moving from this area.
7- I am a big fan of the drawer hanging jig you blogged about. What is your favorite Jig? It’s a jig that holds thin and small boards based on a design I found in an old woodworking book. I wrote a post about it: http://villagecarpenter.blogspot.com/2007/12/my-favorite-jig.html (I did read all of Kari’s blog posts, honest I did!)
8- Do you compost your sawdust? I use it to line the walkways between my raised flower beds, and my dog (Daisy) uses it as a cloak of invisibility.
9- What is the 1st thing you do when walk into the shop? This is silly, but I’ll often walk through my shop with my arms outstretched, looking from side to side, ala Vanna White. It’s sort of the way I “hug” my shop. Crud. Did I just write that out loud?
10- What is the most complicated joint you have ever attempted? It’s not a complicated joint, but it was challenging for me—the through dovetail and tenons on my new workbench. The fit had to be such that the joints would hold the top tightly but could be pulled apart for transport. And look pretty.
11- What would woodworkers in the blogosphere be most surprised to learn about you? I once stood in line for two and half hours to get Norm Abram’s autograph.
12- What project is on your bucket list? There are a number of antique tools that I plan to reproduce. Some involve engraving and inlay, neither of which I’ve ever tried, so I’m very excited.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank You to Kari for being such a great sport and sharing her “innermost” secrets! And Thank You for all the years of amazing blog posts! I can’t imagine anyone reading this does not read Kari’s Blog, but please head over there and show her some love!
Let me know what you think and hit me me up with comments and suggestions. I’d love to hear from you.