My interest in woodwork started many years ago in Ireland when as a child I would spend hours watching my father create amazing projects. Over the years I have done many crafts, sewing, paintings and drawings and it is only in the past few years that I now focus on woodwork. I saw my first scroll saw demonstration at a woodworking show about 15 years ago and fell in love with the craft. I'm now on my second scroll saw (Dewalt 788). Now that I have retired I can spend more time in the workshop. I also got into carving about 4 years ago and belong the Richmond Carver Society ( and enjoy combining both skills.
I am now experimenting and combining many crafting skills with my woodwork.

Congrats to 300 posts, Anna!

Martin Sojka, Maker of Craftisian

Thank you, Anna, for the kind words of welcome. If you have a minute, check out my profile; it is odd, and, oddly, all scarily true. By the way, my family used to fish the Inland Passage at Painter’s Lodge on Campbell River in BC back half a century or so. A small world indeed. (Bad miniaturist wordplay there. Forgive me.). — Bill

"I see," said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw.

I read your very interesting profile Bill. Your creativity has survived your challenges. Keep your miniatures coming!


hey an old timer ! welcome back. and please stay with us. lots of changes since your last post. many new members, including me. things are a little more active now. i hope you get active again and share your work. 

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.