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Author: John Collicott

I am the Associate Pastor of Ministries at PassageWay Church in Blair, NE. A few years back, I left a position as Director of Software Development. 25 years in the technical field provided many good moments, and a great living for our family. Over the years, I have been in construction, retail, software development, and a variety of other careers. Wikipedia defines Patina as: "... a sheen on wooden furniture produced by age, wear, and polishing; or any such acquired change of a surface through age and exposure." I can easily see age and wear on my body; let's call it patina. These are some of my musings as I turn back to a first love of working with tools on wood projects, and the effect of life experiences on why and how I approach things.

Auction Items

My wife’s family reunion plans to have an auction when they get together this summer, and our church is going to have an auction to gather funds for a mission trip this summer.  To assist the family reunion auction, I […]

Purpleheart Box

Who doesn’t love love a wood that is purple in it’s natural state??  Nearly every woodworker falls all over themselves to claim a board or two for a project that screams out to them when they first see that color.  […]

Quilted Maple Box

I love figured woods!  Each subsequent project reflects more of my desire to let the wood itself be a prominent feature.  This small box took some time to complete.  The desire to let the beauty of the wood outstripped the […]

Small Lathe Items

Once the Nebraska winter kicks in, and my other projects are completed, I like to get out my small lathe and turn a few things.  This time, I had some little things in mind, but much of what I wanted […]

Small Boxes From Scraps

The scraps are always a dilemma.  Should they be kept or tossed?  When working with wonderful woods on various projects, I can never get myself to discard any piece that gives me even a hint that it could be used […]