Frequently Asked Questions . . .


While traveling around the country doing shows as well as selling at the Ithaca Farmer's Market, I've gotten asked alot of interesting questions - as well as some weird ones - and I thought I'd share some of them with you.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is that you in your logo?

Yes - that's me! Little known fact: I started out woodworking wearing cotton dresses just like the one in the logo. Unfortunately, I had broken my tailbone a few short months after leaving my corporate job and quickly learned that the slight pressure of wearing pants increased my pain. So I started wearing cotton dresses, skirts, and jumpers. A year or so later when I was able to wear pants again, many of my customers were shocked. They had assumed I was a Mennonite!


Did your husband really make all these things?

I haven't got a really good comeback to this question yet - maybe you have a suggestion? I'm always surprised that some people are still surprised that women can be woodworkers. What surprises me even more is that it's only women that ask this question.


What inspired you to get into woodworking?

I've always had a deep love for trees and wooden objects. The simple elegance of a turned bowl, the way it feels as it sits cradled between your hands. Or an old cherry banister with a deep patina that could only come from generations of hands sliding down it's back. Unlike most things in the world, wood gets better with age. It has history and you add your history to it whenever you touch or work with it.


How did you learn woodworking?

Reading books, watching videos, and asking my Grampa. That pretty much covers the first year, and honest to God, I'm surprised I still have all my fingers. Looking back, I made some pretty scary mistakes like trying to cut a rounded object on the bandsaw without support. The scariest part about woodworking isn't using sharp blades or turning wood that's spinning at several hundred RPMs, it's the stuff that you don't know to watch out for.... So my advice? Learn all you can and then get someone with experience to watch you go through the motions. That and if you ever feel tired, frustrated, or in a hurry, just stop what you're doing and come back at a later time. Your fingers will thank you for it.


Do you give turning lessons?

Alas, no. My woodshop is pretty small and I live on a mountain which makes it inaccessible to anything but the most rugged of SUVs. However, I'm considering making a few YouTube videos with handy tips that I've learned along the way. But, if you really want lessons on turning, you couldn't do better than Bill Grumbine or David Ellsworth. I've paid to watch them turn at woodworking symposiums and They Are Freakin' Amazing!


What is the "Ruby Pledge? Ruby

I have pledged to donate $2.00 from every bowl sale to animal rescue in honor of my best friend, Ruby, who has overcome so much and made my world a brighter, happier place. Read Ruby's Story.