Change is good, right??



I find myself facing yet another chapter in the long, varied saga that is my health, and yes, changes are afoot. I’ve been getting too many serious infections related to the dialysis treatments I’ve been doing, so I’ve started the process of switching over to a different treatment mode. The most significant change is that it will be harder to travel. Because of this, I need to significantly reduce my out-of-town teaching for next year. My hope is that this will give me a chance to heal up, and that I can go back to my current treatment regimen – and busy teaching schedule – after a break.

I’m also hoping that this gives me the opportunity and the time to concentrate on writing my next book! The original target deadline for completion has already passed, and I’ve still got a great deal of work to do. The work on this book has been exciting and extremely challenging; I’m trying hard to map out the design process in a way that makes sense for someone who is not a designer.  I’m hoping that the book will be truly enabling.

This will also give me more opportunity to develop some of the new chair designs I’ve been playing around with; ideas that have been vying in vain for my attention over the past couple of years.

I also plan on doing a lot more teaching in my own shop next year, although I haven’t put together my schedule yet. Too much is still up in the air. I won’t know what my treatment schedule is until late November, and it would be foolish of me to schedule classes before I know that. I will post that schedule as soon as possible.

15 thoughts on “Change is good, right??

  1. Jeff,
    Sorry to hear about the infections, hopefully the new treatment works well for you. I know traveling can definitely take it’s toll. I was looking forward to a class with you in Port Townsend(2017), but maybe I can plan a trip to visit your shop. I wish you the best and hope your next year is a healing one. Good luck on the book.

    • I haven’t ruled out a class out there in 2017, and am hoping to be able to work that out. We’ll see how it all goes. Chicago can actually be pretty nice if you avoid the winter!

      • I went to boot camp there in December and January. You guys get some crazy snow and I know snow, I grew up in Montana. I am very glad to live where I do now and haven’t seen snow in quite a few years. If I can get out there I would love to see your shop and take a class. If not I will see you in 2017. We went to Chicago and the Art Institute a few years ago and really liked it, but there is a crazy story there I will have to tell you. We will just have to see what happens. Take care.

  2. Jeff, hope all goes well for you. Can’t wait to learn how to build that rocker in Port Townsend in 2017!

  3. Best wishes for your health, Jeff. Hope I can take advantage and attend one of your classes!

  4. Hi Jeff,
    I hope the new treatment works well for you. I’m in the Chicago area and if you need help with any heavy lifting or moving crap around the shop while you are healing just drop me an email. I’m between jobs right now and have the time to donate. Get well.