I Got Fired Today

I didn’t lose my job, i lost my web guru. She fired me as a client. It wasn’t about money, we didn’t have an argument, there were no creative differences.

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Stephen Sanders
The Grand Finale

OK, we left off yesterday with you hovering over the add to cart button. Press it now. medium force, don’t damage anything. In the top right hand corner you’ll see your cart

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Purchase Training

I realized today that I hadn’t offered any training on how to buy a bowl or puzzle on this website. It’s very clear from the anemic sales that you need training, too! So the first thing you need to decide is just who

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Stephen Sanders
Puzzled

I’ve got to switch it up. No bowls today. It’s puzzle day. I have an order for 4 puzzles and I have none in inventory. I make two sizes of wooden puzzles, small and large. They are often called quilters puzzles

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Stephen Sanders
Nude Selfie

Many of you know that Oscar goes with me everywhere. He waits expectantly every morning, eager to walk down to the shop. What you don’t know is that he surfs the internet at night looking for ways to boost

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The Process

The last few days I’ve posted pictures of bowls I’m making from some beech logs (and the shavings that process produces). The entire process from log to finished bowl takes about a year. The bowls turned from freshly cut logs

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Another Day in Paradise

From 1981 to 2017 I traveled almost every week around the world as a Field Sales Engineer. My favorite part of every week was coming home. Home to rural North Carolina, to the house and shop that Pennie and I

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Exciting News!

Matt Vanhoy and Sarah Sanders went to the NC Zoo today. Sarah loves to watch the otters. While they were there watching the otters, Matt proposed. My last unmarried child is tying the knot! Of course,

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OK, It's Only One but...

I got tired yesterday, really tired. I unloaded the logs off of the trailer and sawed the first one into sections. The sections were too heavy to lift by hand. I rolled one into the tractor bucket, moved it to the shop and

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Happy Birthday Stephen

One of the smartest things I’ve done in my life was marry Pennie Mathewson in 1976. We decided to wait a bit before having children but we talked about it a lot during those first few years. Pennie was one of six

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The Logs, The Logs

Although It was an extremely hot and humid day to do it, Travis and I cut the log into 4 sections 5 feet long. He had the use of a tractor with a front end loader this week. We scooped them up, loaded them on the

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It's Logging Day

We call Travis our adopted son. He lived with us during his senior year in high school. He texted yesterday that he was dropping some trees in his back yard. He wanted to know if any of them were “bowl material”.

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How Many Will It Take?

All I can think about this morning is an article I read on August 3rd that said that through the 215th day of this year there have been over 250 mass shootings in the USA. A mass shooting in this case is one in

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Stephen Sanders
Spalting, It's Beautiful!

Spalting is any form of wood coloration caused by fungi. Although primarily found in dead trees, spalting can also occur in living trees under stress. The unique coloration and patterns of spalted wood are sought

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Stephen Sanders
What Is Your Favorite Wood?

I am often asked “What is your favorite wood?” My answer is simple. Beautiful wood. Beauty can be many things, it can be color, figure, contrast. My job is to turn beautiful wood into a beautiful finished piece. To

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