Mark (TheCraftsmansPath.com) on September 3rd, 2007

Hello and welcome to my web site.

My name is Mark Mazzo and I’m a woodworking craftsman/designer living in Upstate New York. Woodworking is something that I’ve always had a keen interest in. I’ve been woodworking and collecting tools for several years now and I find that there’s something very special about creating beautiful and functional things with my hands. At some point I’d like to spend all of my time designing and building things out of wood, but for now I have a day job and I just do woodworking as a hobby. It makes for a good activity in the cold, snowy and sometimes long New York winters. Though, as I sit here writing this today in September, I do not want to think about that change of season just yet!

I’ve worked to develop a reasonable set of skills for this craft in many areas. However, I feel that you never stop learning in anything that you do. So, I continue to learn new skills and techniques on every project that I undertake. In addition to the mechanical skills and techniques required in woodworking, one other area that I am continuing to evolve is my sense of design. In the past, I’ve done many projects that have followed existing plans for a piece of furniture, etc. However, with each new project that I undertake I am further developing the skills to build things of my own design and I am finding this new chapter in my woodworking a very rewarding experience.

My intent with this web site is to chronicle the path that I follow in developing these design skills and to also show the progress as I create finished products from my designs. Along the way, I’d like to share new techniques and skills that I develop and use as well. I’ve learned much that I know about woodworking and design from the Internet (as well as may other sources) and I’m hopeful that I through this site I can impart some of my findings to others interested in the craft.

I am sure that as this site evolves there will be many other things that are relevant to discuss here. We’ll just have to see where it takes us. The woodworking community on the Internet is a fast growing one. It is my hope that with this site I can contribute to that community in some meaningful way – not to mention that I think hearing from others interested in woodworking and discussing designs, techniques and approaches to problems will only serve to help evolve my skills as a woodworker and designer.

So, that’s it for now. Please stop back when you can and send me comments and questions on what you see. I’m looking forward to the journey.

5 Responses to “An introduction…”

  1. Eileen Mazzo (The Craftsman's wife)
    September 4th, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    I love watching your creations evolve from miscellaneous pieces of wood, to beautiful, warm and functional pieces of furniture that will become heirlooms for our family. Keep up the good work and I feel the best is yet to come!

  2. Mark-

    Thought I would say hello. Thanks for linking my blog to yours. Keep them coming, I enjoy reading the adventures of others in this great craft of woodworking. Keep up the good work and I hope to read more of your adventures.

  3. Kaleo,

    Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words.

    I’ve enjoyed reading about your journey through woodworking education at The Australian School of Fine Furniture. I admire the step you took to attend school there. I wish you all of the success in the world on your efforts! Keep up the good work and please continue to stop by and comment.

    –Mark

  4. Hi Mark:

    It’s lunchtime and I was over at Lumberjocks getting ready to post about Design, and here I am at your site clicking off your LJ post.

    I’m like you and totally enjoy the creative aspect of woodworking. Sometimes I’m not sure that we are doing our best work in our basements, barns, and garages because we don’t have enough individuals talking design. So glad you are taking this tack.

    Thanks for the link, I’m really bad about taking the time to make a blog roll but heck there’s only 30 hrs in a day. It’s a task I need to do.

    Again, great topic………keep’em coming……..Neil

  5. Neil,

    Thanks for stopping by the site – it’s great hearing from you.

    I understand what you are saying about the elements of design in woodworking. I think that it is an exciting area that deserves more attention. I’ve enjoyed your blog and I will continue to follow it. You are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to various designers and their work. Stay with it!

    Please continue to stop by and comment on what you see here.

    –Mark

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