I’m a great fan of the work of Tom Fidgen over on his Unplugged Woodshop blog, particularly because he promotes such enthusiasm for hand tools and combines it with his great talent for design. His work is above all else inspirational and allows us to remember that the process of creating and building is often more important than the result itself.
Tom’s inspiration is being spread a little wider this month with the launch of his new membership website – www.anunpluggedlife.com
I noticed this over the weekend and thought it was well worth a mention. It appears that the site is brand new at the moment and aims to provide woodworking education from a very unique standpoint, taking you through all processes that can influence a piece. Not only the methods and techniques with the tools, but the lifestyle, inspiration and whole story behind the work. For myself, and working as a craftsman it’s the lifestyle that goes with it that I feel is so important to get right, and it seems that this is something which Tom has nailed (9 hour Netflix benders don’t exactly go hand in hand with the passion of a craftsman!).
Tom has devoted a huge amount of time and work to his blog over the years, and doesn’t seem to be lacking in the drive needed to take a concept and follow it through to a great result. A drive that we could all benefit from at times when we find ourselves staring blankly at a pile of wood and thinking…I’ll just pop that kettle on first…
If you’re in need of a bit of inspiration then now might be a good time to pop over and take a closer look www.anunpluggedlife.com
Wishing Tom all the best in his new venture.