Carol has had trouble posting to the forum for some reason, and asked me to post the following message for her:
"I have committed to write another book. It will be about learning woodworking. I am looking for a couple of beginners with little or no experience. You should live in Southern California and be willing to trek to my shop in Ramona for mentoring. There will be no fees for you but there is a commitment.
If you want to learn how to build wooden things, are willing to be timely in your lessons, able to make a modest investment in your own tools, do your 'homework' on time, and provide feedback in verbal and written form, e-mail me. I am looking forward to committing the next six months to this project and the time to start is now."
Darn, that's enough to make someone move across the country to SoCal! I am just beginning, but at least I have found a mentor here in VA who builds beautiful furniture, has a full shop and has somehow decided that "I have the hands" so he has taken a keen interest in teaching me. I am learning from scratch, starting with how to sharpen and maintain my hand tools, understanding the character of wood, learning hand shaping, etc. I have had lessons in the use of the table saw (which still scares me to death), the band saw and the drill press. My first project is a small walnut footstool with gracefully curved legs. I would like to be in contact with whoever takes Carol up on her offer...we can share our learning experiences!