Published: May 17, 2008
Published: March 31, 2008
Slowly but Surely...
Slowly but surely this place is starting to shape up. We have some really high quality articles popping up in the wiki, we have reached over 300 members in the forums, and we are starting to recruit some authors to get the homepage going. As we have stated before, our dream is to turn this into an online woodworking magazine, complete with regular columnists, in-depth reviews, and how-to articles. We have finally gotten to the point that you will soon see some of these things popping up on these pages. All this in only a few short months.
But we are not there yet, and thatís where YOU come in. We need help getting the word out. We need help populating the wiki with knowledge. We need help with the how-to articles. And we need help recruiting more experts who want to teach others the craft. If you have something you want put in the wiki, start up an article (you can always make a post in the wiki forums for help). If you want to write a how-to article, send it in. If you know someone who would make a great writer, let us know who they are and let them know who we are. And most importantly, spread the word about the Zone. We want this to be a site for everyone, where everyone is a contributor.
And as always, please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions of how we can make this place better for everyone.
Published: February 5, 2008
I'd like to introduce Scott's Sharpening Service of Glendale, AZ. Scott Whiting, the owner and operator of Scott's Sharpening Service, has been providing saw blade sales and sharpening for more than a decade and is a dealer for many of today's best industrial saw blade brands. Scott deals with both local customers and mail order customers. Check out his price sheet and give him a call or drop him an e-mail if you have any sharpening or new saw blade needs.
Just go to the menu bar above and click on Market Place and then on Scott's Sharpening Service.
Published: December 11, 2007
No, I did not say the birth of a forum, I said the birth of a "website".
"What's the difference?" you ask? Let's see if I can explain.
Of course the first thing you see when you first loaded woodworkerszone.com into your browser, is the forum that we have set up. So yes, it's quite obvious that we are a web forum. As a matter of fact, we've put some pretty serious time and money into setting up a very robust forum on the most popular forum software out there. But the forum is merely a means to an end for us (at least for the vision we have).
The forum happens to be a very efficient tool to build a website around. Think of it as the brains behind the operation. Everything that we have planned for this place will be based off of the user login controlled by the forum software. Does that mean that we don't want you to post in the forum and join in??? ABSOLUTELY NOT. The most valuable part of any website, is the content. I can assure you that neither me or my esteemed colleague are capable of providing the massive quantity of information that we would like to someday see housed within the confines of woodworkerszone.com. For that, we want to rely on our most valuable resource: YOU.
Forums, by their very definition, are an inefficient means of cataloging information. Log onto any of the dozens of woodworking forums out there and you will immediately know what I am talking about. After a very short time, it becomes a gigantic mass of uncategorized knowledge, held together by the weak search engines built into the forum software. And in MANY cases, that knowledge dies an ungraceful death after a predetermined amount of time. That is where our vision kicks in...
Woodworkerszone.com will eventually have a variety of "modules" that are most important to woodworkers like yourself. It's starting with the wiki. Much like it's very, very big brother wikipedia.org, the WoodworkersZone wiki will eventually be a destination to look up virtually everything you could ever want to know about woodworking. We also plan to start a database of tool reviews. Both comprehensive tool reviews contributed by our small staff, our friends, or any contributor out there who would like to give one a shot, and also a broader "user reviews" section. One that uses a simple rating system with short write-ups from the owner. And as you may have already noticed, we already have a blogging feature running for anyone to write a woodworking blog of their own, and have it actually reside in a place where other woodworkers will find it.
We are also in the preliminary stages of finding talented woodworkers, who also like to write, to contribute articles to be displayed on our homepage. Think of the Zone as a woodworking magazine of sorts... only purely in a digital state, with content not from a staff of paid contributors, but from anyone who wants contribute.
It may look like a mess right now, but please check back frequently as we continue to build not only the content, but the community that contributes the content.