All posts filed under: My Dad

Window Seat Bookcase: Making the Shelves

Let’s say that one day I become a woodworking rock star and I am asked to appear on one of the many woodworking podcasts that will no doubt exist (creating a woodworking podcast is very trendy these days). A frequent podcast question posed to ww rock stars is this one: “Who has influenced your work?” To keep you from waiting the many years it will take me to rise to rock star status, I’ll go ahead and tell you how I’d answer this question. First, a very key influence has been my Dad. He often tackled woodworking projects while I grew up. This exposure to woodworking gave me the confidence to take a woodworking class while at the University of Alabama (see a special blog post about my Dad by clicking here). Others include Thomas Moser, Ronald Layport, Peter Kramer, then more recently, Lonnie Bird, Glen Huey and Mike Pekovich. But the woodworker who has influence me the most is Norm Abram. His show, The New Yankee Workshop, debuted prior to widespread use of the internet. …

Meet My Dad, The Woodcarver

am a product of my parents. In me, I can see some traits which I get from my mom and some things I get from my dad. I attribute my woodworking abilities to my dad. His name is Jack Branch, and he has been doing woodworking in some form for as long as I can remember. He has designed and built a number of things: furniture, the picnic table and benches out on the screen porch, the cabinet which housed my stereo system – and there were plenty of other things he made as I grew up. Over the past decade, he has developed into a very skilled woodcarver. I visited his home and workshop yesterday, and I have to say that my dad is very fortunate to have such a gigantic space for a workshop. The basement of his home is large enough to fit six cars and has a ceiling height of at least 14 feet. His workshop is a magical place full of sculptures and caricatures. I hope the photos below convey …