About Me

February 10th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments


While a drunken lumberjack at heart, I’ve been many things… software engineer, bartender, donkey trainer (not officially). Prior to that I served in the navy for four years out of Mayport, FL primarily as a deck seaman… that’s right, I said deck seaman. After the Navy I bartended while getting my B. S. in Computer Science. But for the past few years I’ve found my soul and it’s in woodworking.

You can reach me at: woodzealot @ gmail . com and address me as Charles, Charles Davis, Woodzealot, Zealot, Idiot, Moron, Sexy Bastard, etc…

So many men to-day, doing work that is far removed from the making of things, the many professional workers, office workers, salesmen, factory workers – whose work may seem to be making but whose sole contribution is constant repetitive action in one infinitesimal part – lack contact with that real world in which a man can exercise his creative gifts.

They barely realise that such a world exists.

Theirs is the world of hard bargaining, of nimble wits or the routine job, which leave a great part of their natural human instincts unsatisfied, even though in all probability they do not know the reason for their perennial feelings of dissatisfaction and frustration.

— The Woodworker, January 1954

  1. July 4th, 2008 at 00:07 | #1

    Yo! Love your blog … Don’t remember how I got here but it’s a good one. Very nice with the humor … Ok, I do remember. I got here from the woodwhisperer’s shop of the week thing. You said you loved to see shops … Here are some little pictures of mine http://www.dorsetcustomfurniture.com/Items.aspx?mId=47&cId=77&pcId=
    Just so you don’t have to wonder … I’ve got five employees and I do this woodworking thing every day for the last 28 and a half years. I’m new to the blogging thing but yours is the most entertaining I’ve found yet. Are you related to Carl Hiiasen? If not, you better watch him … he’s copying your style …. Check my blog to see my shop in action … dan
    PS I actually was once a drunken lumberjack in 1974 for six months before I really became a carpenter. In the woods at 5:30 .. in the beer store at 2:15 for a six pack .. Off to build my first house a nail at a time…. back to the woods . there’s much hope for you …

  2. July 5th, 2008 at 05:42 | #2

    Dan, much thanks for the kind and inspirational words. I read your comments last night actually and was going to thank you right then, but I stopped myself as I didn’t want to seem so desperate for praise (which I of course am)… so, I waited the 24 hours to avoid that embarrassing situation.

    When I realized that I wanted to write a woodworking blog I took stock of the situation and realized that the greatest challenge would center around the fact that I didn’t know anything about woodworking. So, the simple solution was to inject some humor to hopefully compensate for my complete ignorance of the subject matter. I guess it’s pretty much my M.O. in life.

    I checked out your site (and strongly recommend that others do as well) … WOW, you guys do some amazing stuff. Definitely the kind of unique and detailed work I aspire to… I’m just getting started but I’ve jumped in the deep end and am loving it more each day.

  3. Scottiebill
    July 26th, 2009 at 13:26 | #3

    My first thought when I saw your picture was that I can well remember the time when I would have given $10.00 for your start on the suds. But, I’m 74 now and have cut back quite a bit (not entirely, though, much to my wife’s consternation. She thinks I ought to quit entirely, but a man has to have some essential priorities, dontcha, know.)

  4. October 14th, 2009 at 13:49 | #4

    Charles, Charles Davis, Woodzealot, Zealot, Idiot, Moron, Sexy Bastard, etc…
    and here are some pics with my workshop in the background.

  5. Jimbo
    November 21st, 2010 at 12:32 | #5

    I like the new audio feature. How about a section for the handicapped, e.g., how to work your wood from a wheelchair, avoiding amputation by table saw for the blind, etc. At the risk of sounding like everyone else, though – great site!

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