This is a website dedicated to the documentation of my woodworking endeavors. The name Je ne sais quoi Woodworking indicates on the one hand that I am very much a novice and on the other that there is a goal of achieving something special. In other words, a certain je ne sais quoi, which is snob vernacular for an indefinably elusive quality that is (in this case) pleasing to the eye and hopefully functional at the same time. For those of you who wants to know how to pronounce je ne sais quoi go here.
What makes my site and posts different to other woodworking blogs is the fact that I am based in Namibia and English is very much my second language. My geographical location presents multiple challenges in accessing tools and ability to get hands-on advice/teaching. On the positive side, it helps me to endeavour beyond my comfort zone on a fairly frequent basis. The language issue might result in unintended (by me) humour for the readers. Furthermore, I am a psychiatrist by training, which should restrict excessive comments by readers (as I can read minds).
You will find posts entitled ‘My journey’, explaining how I got into woodworking. I plan to add bit by bit as I think of the different influences and events along the way. You will also find posts on how I built various tools, jigs and shop structures. The aim is to document the process and share my ideas, as at least half of what I know (which is not much) came from similar websites by other passionate woodworkers.
More recently I have started writing posts starting with the words “The land of …”. These are posts on the terroir were I do my woodworking. In other words, posts on Namibia. You will find these posts under the category entitled “Perambulations around my neck of the woods”.
In the past month or so I had very fruitful discussions with one of my readers, Frank Bartlett. It resulted in an idea to publish certain post of readers who does not want to blog fulltime, but still would like to contribute to the wonderful online woodworking community. So if you are one of those woodworkers feel free to contact me. Let’s see where that takes us.