About DennisA Woodworking Journey
Where I started
I was always an ‘I can do that‘ kind of guy. I would look at something made of wood and mistakenly think that it would be easy to build. I would then struggle to build it until I eventually got it right. Maybe you could say that I was a ‘jump into the deep end‘ kind of guy.
I challenged myself in any way I could, taking on projects that I had no business taking on. I tended to look at what the finished project should like rather than looking at whether or not I had the right tools or skills to do it.
Where I am
Eventually, all of that struggle turned into beautiful woodworking projects. I still struggle sometimes and I still have a lot to learn, but now I know how to figure out what I need to do.
What I now realize is that the struggle was actually a way of learning. Nothing is as easy as it looks or as quick as the guys on TV or YouTube make it seem.
I still feel that I can make pretty much anything I want, however, I no longer make the mistake of thinking that it will be easy or quick.
Where I'm Going
I want to keep challenging myself as a woodworker. There is nothing wrong with the type of projects that I have taken on in the past and I will probably continue to do these, however, I plan on adding some other things to the mix.
The place that I want to take my woodworking is in a more artistic direction. I want to create something sculptural. Something where the form transcends the function. Something that is beautiful to look at and has no other function beyond that.
Of course, I plan on documenting the process both on my blog and my YouTube channel.
Hi, my name is Dennis Caskey. I am a… wait for it… Christian, husband, father, homeschool principle, woodworker, Etsy shop owner, occasional golfer, software programmer, injection mold designer, CAD (Computer Aided Design) user, IT guy for my wife’s website, web designer, struggling health nut, and amateur photographer.
Wow, that’s quite a list. Not to mention, I’m also a woodworking blogger.
Since the early 1990’s I have worked in the automotive industry doing various jobs in the injection molding of plastic parts; from CNC programming of mold steel to designing production and prototype molds, all using various high-end Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs.
While of this sounds really cool, or maybe it doesn’t, it is very functional and mechanical. I’m not sure how to describe it, other than to say that it wasn’t very creative. It was very ‘left side of the brain.’
That’s where woodworking came in. Woodworking allows me to use the right side of my brain, the creative side. I love working with wood. It challenges me both mechanically and artistically.
You might think that if you looked around my house, you would find a lot of my projects decorating it. Truth is, most of what I have made has been given as gifts to other people. I love making things for people and seeing the joy it brings to them. I do have a very long list of projects that I need to make for my home – just ask my wife!
My sincere hope for this website is that I can inspire you to make something for those around you that will bring them joy for years to come.
Aside from woodworking, well, there is that whole list of things at the beginning of this page that keep me busy, but mainly I enjoy spending time with my family.
I currently live in a small town just outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. My wife, Michelle, and I homeschool our two sons, Ben and Sam. We all enjoy a good basketball game (watching and playing), as well as a good discussion about the latest Star Wars movie.
When I first began woodworking, back in the late 1990’s, Norm Abram’s “The New Yankee Workshop” was by far the most popular woodworking show on television. Once I discovered the show, I couldn’t get enough of it. Of course, nothing is as easy as it looks on television. But that didn’t matter because I had been bitten by the “I can build that….” bug.
Actually, my love of woodworking goes back a bit further than that, at least two generations, you might say. My father was an avid woodworker. When I was a kid, during November and December he was always busy in the garage building projects to give away at Christmas. I was amazed at the things that he built. I still have a desk he built for me when I was a teenager.
Although I have never seen anything that my grandfather made, I do have a couple of his old wooden planes. They are in pretty rough shape and someday I might try to restore them.
Eventually, a new woodworking show came along called “Woodworks” with David Marks as the host. His work on that show inspired me to a whole new level of woodworking. Terms like “bent wood lamination” and “inlay” became a part of my vocabulary. On the show, David also inspired me to look at the work of the woodworkers who inspired him, such as Sam Maloof and James Krenov.
All these people have inspired me throughout the years. Even though Maloof and Krenov have passed on now, and the New Yankee Workshop and Woodworks have closed their television doors, their work is still around and will continue to inspire for years to come. And, well, there’s always YouTube.
My father still makes things that amaze me as well and I thank him for the love of woodworking that he passed on to me.
Where to Find Dennis & His Woodworkings
- Fusion 360 CAD tutorials
- ‘How To Build’ posts
- Video posts
- Custom Wood Products
- Eventually, project plans to build your own
His YouTube Channel
- ‘How to Build‘ Videos
- ‘How to Design‘ Videos
- and more to come!!
My Favorite Woodworking Quote
The reverence that the object maker has for the materials, for the shape, and for the miracle of his skill transcends to God, the Master Craftsman, the Creator of all things, who uses us, our hands, as His tools to make these beautiful things.– Sam Maloof