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Blog entry by David posted 12-13-2008 10:43 PM 2184 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Todd Clippinger, American Craftsman, is not only a very talented furniture builder and designer, he is also has a passion for sharing his woodworking skill and knowledge. As a frequent contributor to, he has supported and encouraged a number of woodworkers that share his passion for excellence in woodworking. is truly a unique community where woodworkers of every skill level can gather and share the pleasures of woodworking from the pride of posting the newest project to sharing a skill or technique and the thrill of teaching and mentoring. Todd is contagious with his enthusiasm. No doubt fellow Lumberjocks Mike Shea, Blake Weber, The Timber Kid, and Allan will get a thrill when they get a special shout out in this video conversation with Todd Clippinger. So, the real question remains. Will Shea Planes be featured at the 2009 Popular woodworking Woodworking in America Conference? Stay tuned . . . !

Another video conversation with Todd

Todd Clippinger’s website: American Craftsman

Mike Shea’s website: MS Wood Creations

Blake’s website: Blake Weber Woodworking

Callum’s website: The Timber Kid

Allan Fyfe’s website: Lethenty Mill Furniture


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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 12-13-2008 11:36 PM

I hope that Allan and Callum forgive me for not referring to them by name as well. I follow their work and am pleased for what they add to the LJ site.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 12-14-2008 02:46 AM

That’s a neat one, David. Great subject for sure. I really appreciate Todd and all the info he passes out here on the site.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-14-2008 04:19 AM

I know I’ve appreciated all the help Todd has given me! Even if I don’t use it on a particular project, I fully intend to use it at some point. It’s just to good not to use ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#4 posted 12-14-2008 03:48 PM

Now that’s really cool….....say alot about giving and the American Craftsman!!!

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#5 posted 12-14-2008 06:09 PM

Nice tribute. Dave.. What is the technology behind the interview and recording?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Callum Kendall

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#6 posted 12-14-2008 06:26 PM

Thanks for the mention guys!

Its true what you said, people on LJs have affected the way I work for the better :-)

Great job!


-- For wood working podcasts with a twist check out

View David's profile


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#7 posted 12-15-2008 03:16 AM

Guys, thanks for all the great comments! Todd has a very infectious enthusiasm that just sweeps you along.

Giz -

This was a Skype call edited in iMovie on a Mac laptop. Let me know if there is anything else I can help with.


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#8 posted 12-15-2008 06:31 AM

Thanks David. A great job.

-- 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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Callum Kendall

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#9 posted 12-15-2008 08:39 AM

How did you record the video chat?


-- For wood working podcasts with a twist check out

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Mike Shea

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#10 posted 12-15-2008 08:55 AM

Hey todd that is way to cool. haha. Ive had a perma-smile for the last 10 miniutes. your right Todd you have indeed inspired me. your words of encouragement have motivated me. you are so good at what you do and you use that in other ways to reach out and help others. i am sure you have influenced and impacted so many other people in the woodworkiing comunity besides just myself. I am glad you like the hand plane. And yes I sand to a high 1,000 grit. I love to burnish everything to get that natural sheen and velvet feel. Have fun with it as I did. I am looking forward to seeing more of your great work.

David your online video podcasts are great man, I love them. I watch them all the time. You and so many other people on this site have so much to offer to hobbyists professionals and beginners. I wish I had the equipment and time to make videos, I would love to do something like that. I would love to do tutorials on shop tips, sharpening or power tool maintenance. So many videos about projects now adays I probably wouldn’t do that. But that is why I like your stuff its very defferent. Todd makes great entertainment as well Anyways thanx for the post. It made my day.

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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#11 posted 12-15-2008 12:24 PM

you guys are going to make me cry!!!

makes me proud to be an LJ.

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

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#12 posted 12-15-2008 01:13 PM

Thanks for the mention! It is nice to be a part of such a vibrant, friendly and international community.

-- Allan Fyfe, Lethenty Mill Furniture,

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#13 posted 12-15-2008 03:57 PM

Thank you for sharing and saying what the rest of us have been thinking.

And, Happy Holidays to all you Lumber Jocks, Jockettes and your families.


-- Bob Lance, DE

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#14 posted 12-17-2008 06:38 PM

Thanks for everything Todd, and thanks for the mention. Its been a fun journey.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 12-20-2008 07:17 PM

Nice job, Todd.

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