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.

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 […]

The Lost Stickley Side Table

Twelve years ago, Popular Woodworking Magazine featured a table built by Robert Lang called The Lost Stickley Side Table.  The table was likely built in the early 1900s by someone in the employ of Gustav Stickley, and Mr. Lang wrote his […]

Framed Art Glass

Starting a few years ago, we tore out some upper cabinets between the kitchen and dining room.  In order to tie off the remaining cabinets, and fill the void left by the former cabinet that occupied the space, we built […]

Motawi Tile Frame

At a former residence in the country, where we enjoyed many years of backyard woods, we delighted in birds not normally seen in the city.  Among them were many varieties of woodpecker and nuthatches.  To celebrate my birthday during our […]