You have the classics like Norm Abrams in the New Yankee Workshop. The contributions of Christian Becksvoort to the world of fine woodworking are innumerable. Other names like James Krenov, George Nakashima, Tage Frid, Thomas Chippendale, Sam Maloof, Greene and Greene, the Eames brothers, and countless others are already legendary and are sure to stand the test of time. At Long Island Woodworking Supply, these are the names that we turn to for inspiration.
But there are several names that are relatively new to the game, and believe it or not, they’re capable of teaching old dogs some new tricks. Who are these people, you ask? We’d like to share a few of our favorites in today’s post, so stay tuned if you’re looking for a dose of modern woodworking inspiration.
Our Favorite Modern Woodworkers
Marc Spagnuolo, better known to many as The Wood Whisperer, has been sharing his knowledge of woodworking with people for several years now. The author of multiple books and countless YouTube videos, Marc takes a hybrid approach to woodworking, combining the use of power tools and hand tools in such a way that the focus is truly on finding the right tool for the job.
His aforementioned videos cover topics such as how to set up a bandsaw, how to build shop cabinets, turning tiny finials, and more. In other words, no matter what type of woodworking you like to do, there’s a good chance that you’ll feel right at home with The Wood Whisperer. He even offers Guild projects that come complete with plans and build videos so you can work alongside several other woodworkers to create something special.
With a focus on mid century modern design aesthetics, David Picciutio of Make Something is all about having fun and trying new things. As woodworkers, we often get stuck in a rhythm that is hard to break out of, and David’s lighthearted and fun approach to woodworking is a source of inspiration.
Recent projects include wood wastebaskets, angled floating bookshelves, and even segmented bowls without using a lathe. Although many traditional woodworkers don’t care for modern technology in their shop, David makes it fun, using CNC machines, 3D printing, and more to create designs that are all his own — and at the end of the day, isn’t the goal of woodworking to create something tangible that you can enjoy for years to come? If you haven’t heard of David before, be sure to check out his YouTube videos for a dose of inspiration.
When is the last time you went back to basics? Even the most accomplished woodworkers need to revisit the fundamentals from time to time, and Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals makes it fun. Steve is an advocate for all types of people learning the joys of woodworking and it’s always a blast to watch him demystify an aspect of woodworking that’s intimidating for beginners.
Whether you’re an advanced woodworker or not, Steve’s carefree attitude makes him a joy to watch in his garage woodshop. He also shares unique projects such as how to build a whirlygig, how to make a rubber band boat with hand tools, and how to create unique carved wooden spoons. In other words, no matter what Steve’s up to, it’s always fun to watch whether he’s sharing his knowledge on a particular power tool, teaching new woodworkers how to build shop projects, or bringing unique ideas to the table for fun builds. If you need some back-to-the-basics type inspiration, be sure to check out Woodworking for Mere Mortals on Steve’s YouTube page.
We Have the Essential Woodworking Tools You Need
One of the greatest things about woodworking is that people have many different tastes, styles, and skill levels. Add in the fact that everyone’s woodshop looks different and it can be downright fascinating. Woodworking is a hobby that keeps on giving, allowing you to work with your hands, be creative, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Of course, you need the equipment to do it. Long Island Woodworking Supply is proud to offer traditional woodworking tools, woodturning supplies, and even woodburning kits. No matter what type of work you like to do, you’re sure to find something for your shop at Long Island Woodworking Supply. From bandsaw blades to chisels to sharpening supplies to card scrapers, you’ll find them all right here on our website.
Order today or feel free to contact us with any questions. We know how difficult it can be to narrow down your choices when it comes to new tools, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us for advice or insight. We love talking tools, we’re happy to answer your questions, and we look forward to speaking with you!