This is our first blog post on here! We intend to use this blog for announcements and newsy things.
The first item is a simple explanation. When we launched this site six weeks ago(!) we had no idea what the outcome would be. We have never done this before and had nothing to plan with. We were not sure how many people would sign up or what working knowledge and skill level members would be at. Despite the short amount of time since we launched, we feel much more equipped as a result of the interactive feedback you have volunteered and we thank everyone for that. Our initial plan was to do the wall clock, which we hoped would work for both beginners and those with some experience. That seemed to be an all-round success.Our next planned project was be the Craftsman-style rocking chair. We planned this before we launched the series and so it had all the associated unknown factors mentioned above. Who was going to sign up? We did not know. A concern was raised on the forum about the complexity of the project. This was confirmed by emails and other conversations with our members. We have decided to postpone the rocking chair project. Please understand that there is really no chance that this will get cancelled. We have already filmed it 🙂
As a result, we took the decision to introduce some other somewhat simpler and smaller scale projects that will build up to the chair. We thought long and hard over what to do so that those more advanced members do not get bored by overly simplistic projects. All of the projects that we have have some inbuilt complexity or unusual feature that will hopefully expand and challenge the learning experience for everyone, even the most experienced, while still being attainable by anyone.
People have been asking for our schedule of projects. This would be quite easy to come up with and I do not want people to think that it is due to a lack of care that we have not posted such a schedule. We want to get feedback from each project and see how we can meet the needs of the community. If we scheduled for the next year we may find that in three months we were leaving the majority of members behind because they are unable to keep up or are without the careful instruction and attention that they need. We also could aim too low and leave people frustrated and underachieving.
After our Christmas episode, which you will only have to wait two days for, we have decided to do some dovetailed boxes that Paul made recently and posted pictures of. These, we feel, fit the criteria perfectly. There is a range of somewhat complex features in the boxes, but also, the basic format of the simplest box will be achievable by anyone.
This idea of planning as we go is actually a lot more work than just scheduling for the long term but we hope that as we go we will be able to better anticipate the needs of the members and may be able to schedule for longer periods. In all of this we do welcome your input so any comments and feedback will be always most welcome!
Thank you all for the support and encouragement. It helps.
Happy Holidays from us all!