Cyber Interviews #2: Todd Clippinger

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Blog entry by David posted 01-03-2008 05:42 AM 2934 reads 1 time favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a great New Years Day afternoon speaking with Todd Clippinger. I will apologize in advance for a long download but it should be worth the time. Todd shares some insight to his approach to woodworking, design and craftsmanship. I think you will be surprised what his favorite tool is!


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#1 posted 01-03-2008 07:11 AM

Great interview David. and thanks Todd. A very nice insight into your life. Thanks for inviting us in.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 01-03-2008 07:30 AM

Excellent interview David and Todd. I like your work philosophy and integrity Todd. I will never reach the level that you have attained, but I will certainly step up my expectations of what my work should be. Thanks again for the wonderful and interesting interview and David, I’ll be looking for the next installment of your Cyber Interviews – good stuff.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 01-03-2008 08:28 AM

Karson & Bill -

Thank you. I know its a long download and a long video. I had so much fun talking with Todd that I felt compelled to share!


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#4 posted 01-03-2008 12:21 PM

Great interview David and Todd. Worth every minute.

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#5 posted 01-03-2008 12:40 PM

excellent interview.
4 years, huh…

well done you two.. now David: who’s next?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 01-03-2008 01:07 PM

Thank you David and Todd. In another thread it was mentioned that seeing a face helped to make a connection to another person. This interview goes even further by letting us hear Todd’s own words and virtually share the conversation. Very well done.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 01-03-2008 01:49 PM

Thanks for the interview – it was eye opening and extreemly interesting. Keep up the good work!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#8 posted 01-03-2008 01:52 PM

Brilliant! This was quite engaging and informative.

Four years—that bolsters me to be the craftsman I aspire to be. I like the little glimpse at a conversation about techniques that you gave us there at the end, David. Keep up the good work.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#9 posted 01-03-2008 03:23 PM

Excellent video. Mr Todd, you smile too much aside from that someone should call Hollywood. I see a multi-mill series! Good luck!

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#10 posted 01-03-2008 03:59 PM

David…....that was excellent, alot of fun to watch and hear. Really good repoirte between you and Todd. I liked Todd’s comment on raising ones level of design purely on hardware availability and selection. Really enjoyed the interview.

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#11 posted 01-03-2008 04:23 PM

Hey Todd, I sure feel like I know a lot about you now. I’ve certainly enjoyed all of your work and posts and now having a face/voice sure puts the whole package together. That was worth the watch. I expect great things from you, Todd! Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 01-03-2008 04:36 PM


Apologies to Scott Shangraw for butchering his name.

I actually met Mark DeCou at the Western Design Conference, not Dennis Mitchell. Sorry guys, I hope I did not offend either one.

Thanks Dave for your hard work and allowing me to share through video. You have been very helpful with the technology aspect and I plan to get video out in the future.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 01-03-2008 04:47 PM

Thank you both so much for doing this. It is an inspiration!

Thank you again!!

-- Hope Never fails

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#14 posted 01-03-2008 06:20 PM

Thank you everyone for the kind words. Todd does have a continuous smile from ear-to-ear and his personality is warm and welcoming just like the big sky state he calls home. It was very cool to put a face and voice to the work, writings and photos. He was pretty much as I imagined! I had to do some editing as the time flew by and I amassed quite a bit of video. More than I could really post because of its size. At the end of my time with Todd, my son was in the shop and Todd started talking with Matthew. I was really impressed with how warm and welcoming Todd was when Matt’s face popped in the video monitor. When Matt walked away he said “Dad that guy rocks!” and I thought to myself, you are absolutely right!


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#15 posted 01-03-2008 06:24 PM

That was great David. I hope you can do more interviews like this.

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