If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll notice that I've renamed it and applied a new design. Since I've come to call my basement shop the Cobbler Mountain Woodshop, it seemed right that this blog should bear the same name. And, in view of the fact that I'm no longer a novice woodworker, a changing subtitle and design were in order as well.
Why Cobbler Mountain Woodshop? Simply, because my home is situated at the foot of Little Cobbler Mountain in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, with Big Cobbler Mountain lying just behind it. It's a lovely location, the mountain visible out the kitchen window on all but the foggiest of days.
The address for this blog is still the same as it was, normssawdustpile.blogspot.com. Only the title has changed, though a search on Cobbler Mountain Woodshop will find it as well.
The photo beneath the title and the design are new as well. I chose the photo--of my no. 4 Lie-Nielsen smoothing plane working a natural edge walnut coffee table--to reflect my growing use of hand tools. It also represents the fact that I've been teaching hand plane use and restoration at northern Virginia Woodcraft stores for the last several years.
As I see it, these changes represent more than a design upgrade. Instead, they reflect my evolution from a complete novice--which I was when this blog began--to a maturing woodworker with a number of increasingly complex projects under my belt.
I look forward to describing my woodworking adventures here and hope you'll join me for future installments.