The present economy has exacted a heavy toll on many small businesses, and my woodworking business is no exception. At the present time my business is in what I can only describe as a state of hibernation – very quiet (and currently unable to respond to clients) but still alive and well. Because my shop (and its contents) are not covered by commercial insurance during this time of hibernation, I unfortunately cannot create any items and offer them for sale, though I continue to offer some “pre-hibernation” items for sale through the League of NH Craftsman’s shop located in Concord, NH.
Although my business is in hibernation, my interest in woodworking is alive and well and I am using this time of hibernation to renew and revitalize my future plans for woodworking. During the next year (hopefully not much longer!) I hope to spend some time focusing on design issues and how craftsmen of the past were able to create designs that continue to be the foundation of good furniture even to this day. I am also in the process of re-structuring (i.e. cleaning out!) my workshop and re-working how it functions (retaining only the tools I actually use) so as to best serve my clients in the future.
As part of this process, this weblog is becoming a replacement for my former traditional website “scblanchard.com” (online only until December 31, 2011) and I will continue to develop this site in the coming months. As I become more familiar with the weblog process I hope to add additional posts to this site describing my discoveries about design, progress on changing my workshop, and other items of interest while I look forward to a more active “Spring” following this time of hibernation. Thanks for visiting my weblog. I hope to offer much more in the not too distant future!