This is a website dedicated to the documentation of my woodworking endeavours. The name Je ne sais quoi Woodworking indicates on the one hand that I am still in the process of learning the trade 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 aesthetically pleasing to the eye and hopefully functional at the same time) is what I am aiming for. 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).
The aim is to share my ideas, as at least half of what I know (which is not much) came from similar websites by other passionate woodworkers. Otherwise it is a process of documentation for my own future reference, which might translate into a certain amount of repetition for which I apologise in advance.
Since 2016 a talented Cape Town based woodworker by the name of Frank Bartlett started contributing articles to the site.It resulted in an idea to publish certain post of readers who does not want to blog full-time, but still would like to contribute to the wonderful online woodworking community. Je ne sais quoi Woodworking would therefore like to serve as a vehicle for likeminded African woodworkers to publish their insights and projects. So if you are one of those woodworkers feel free to contact me. Let’s see where that takes us.