Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I taught a woodworking workshop in Novia Scotia

I had the honor and privileged to lead a woodworking workshop in Nova Scotia Canada at the Make.Do.Camp. 

It was my first time to Canada, I loved the fresh chilly air, and beautiful homes line along the streets
Make.Do.Camp is held in Big Cove at a YMCA camp and it's like a sense from a summer camp movie.


           I gave my phone and all technology up for the weekend, and truly embraced life to the fullest.


I was stoked to lead the workshop along side the extremely talented Gary Staple. Gary has his own fine wood working business in Seaforth Novia Scotia. I learned a great deal of new techniques and tools from Gary while co leading our woodworking workshop. I look forward to doing another co lead workshop with Gary in the future.

Photo by: Cat Mack 

Photo by: Cat Mack 

Photo by: Cat Mack 
Photo by: Cat Mack 

Cat Mack's Project / Photo by: Cat Mack 

Photo by: Cat Mack 

Photo by: Cat Mack 

Photo by: Cat Mack 

Photo by: Cat Mack 

Photo by: Cat Mack 

Photo by: Cat Mack 

Photo by: Cat Mack 

Photo by: Cat Mack 

Photo by: Cat Mack 

Cat Mack's Project / Photo by: Cat Mack 

  Here are some of the final projects:


Scott DeCoste's Project


Danielle Pottier's Project

Megan McDowell's Project

 Make.Do.Camp had a fun way for the campers to stay connected while at camp without use of they're  phones. They had this unique Paleo Texting station where you could leave and receive hand written notes to each other. It was really fun go to check and see if I had paleo text's as well as write a few while I was there. 

I had such an amazing experience at Make.Do.Camp and feel full of Love from all the amazing people I met over the corse of our weekend together. Thank you also to Wonder'neath for all the amazing creativity you brought to camp.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

I'm headed to Barcelona Spain to lead a hands on woodworking workshop.

             What's the last stamp you got in your passport? What's keeping you from going out and adding a new stamp to your passport this year! My goal is to run out of pages in my passport, whats yours?

  In the end we only regret the chances we didn't take. This is my mantra when ever I get nervous about making a decision on something big. Do you have a mantra you use when faced with fear? Is that mantra helping you or hindering you?

 I have the honor to be leading a hands on woodworking workshop in Barcelona Spain at The Collective Europe retreat in October. We'll be using exotic wood veneers to create a beautiful one of a kind wooden business card case that each person can be proud they made by hand.

I'm extremely lucky to have a great group of friends and mentors around the globe and I have travel to thank for that. Getting out of my comfort zone and my normal surroundings to meet new people has been a the leading cause and effect to this.

 The best vitamin for making friends :B1
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

All progress is made outside the comfort zone.
We don't grow when things are easy, we grown when we face challenges. 

So what are you waiting for, join me in Barcelona and take some action for what you really what most out of life. Need a little more of a push? Here's 20% off your ticket use code:WOODBRAIN20 
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What are you waiting for? 
See you in Barcelona!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The best investment you can make this year, is to invest in yourself!

In the past five years of running a small business I’ve physically made over a thousand handmade wooden accessories from flasks to business card cases, and I’ve made every product with my own two hands. I’ve learned a great deal in those past years of my handmade business. I feel so fortunate to be able to wake up each day and do what I love and create with my hands, however I felt selfish in a small way, everyone should be able to experience the joy, and therapeutic nature of working with their hands. Which lead me to expand my small business in a new avenue. I have the pleasure of leading hands on woodworking workshops, where I teach the importance and joy of working with your hands.

I’m extremely thrilled to be traveling to Barcelona Spain in October where I’ll be leading a hands on woodworking workshop at The Collective Europe which takes place October 5-8, 2017.

Why working with your hands is good for your brain and your creativity.
Research has shown that creating or tending things by hand enhances mental health and makes us happy. It has also shown that hand activity from knitting to woodworking to growing vegetables or chopping them are useful for decreasing stress, relieving anxiety, and modifying depression. Which I think we can all agree in today's fast pace world we could all use a little more therapeutic stress relief. Brain-wise, moving our hands activates larger areas of the cortex than movement of other parts of the body such as our legs or back muscles. And more importantly, what drives that effort-driven rewards circuit are physical activities that involve our hands, particularly activities that produce tangible products that we can see, touch, and enjoy. Its time to step away from the keyboard and put your hands to work

The Collective Europe is offering just that. An opportunity to put down your phones and computers and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators.  This unique all-inclusive, tech free retreat-style conference is the first of its kind in Europe.

I want to invite you to join me at this amazing conference, in Barcelona October 5-8th, 2017.  Use Code WOODBRAIN20 to receive an additional 20% off Early Bird tickets.

I'd be over the moon to see you there!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I'm featured on Mental Floss: 17 Skeuomorphs That Show Retro Is Always In

In 1889, H. Colley March noticed that some ancient artifacts had a retro look. They imitated—just for show—elements from older objects. Bronze axes had “thong-work” like flint axes. Pottery bowls had patterns resembling basket weaving. March coined the term skeuomorph(SKYOO-uh-morf), from Greek skéuos (container or tool) and morphḗ (shape), for these design throwbacks. But skeuomorphs aren’t confined to museums. Look around and you’ll find them everywhere.


Whether they’re gleaming in chandeliers or flickering on a restaurant table, electric lights masquerading as candles are skeuomorphs.


Electronic synthesizers can emulate anything from a piccolo to a double bass, or produce electronic peeps, booms, and jangles. They may be no-nonsense boards with sliders and knobs, but they often skeuomorphically take on the look of traditional instruments like guitars or piano keyboards.


Wagon wheels and bike wheels need spokes. Car wheels don’t, but for some reason they look cool with them.


The “woodie” cars of the 1930s and ‘40s skeuomorphically featured wooden passenger compartments echoing the look of horse-drawn carriages. In fact, the components were sometimes crafted by coach-building firms. Later model woodies with fake wood panels were skeuomorphs of skeuomorphs.


In another twist on wooden skeuomorphs, Lindsay Zuelich handcrafted an “antique” cash register for her booth at the giant crafts market, Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. The drawers work, but calculations are done on an iPad and a Square Card Reader accepts payments.


Pleather, Ultrasuede or the “hyde” of the wild Nauga—if it’s fake leather, it’s a real skeuomorph.


When computer manufacturers decided to move their machines from the clutches of techies into the jittery hands of the general public, they thought skeuomorphic graphical user interfaces would make them comfortingly familiar. That crumpling paper sound is very satisfying.


It's unlikely you're still using floppy disks to save your documents.


What could graphically represent the process of gathering items to purchase online better than the familiar supermarket cart?


Sounds can be skeuomorphic too. Camera phones don’t have mechanical shutters, but the electronically produced click reassures users that they’ve “snapped” a picture.


Amid the cacophony of chirps, croaks, and pop tunes emanating from cell phones, the sharp brrring! tone out of a 1930s movie is a standout.



Apple co-founder Steve Jobs loved the red-curtained “photo booths”...
...the contact lists that looked like leather-bound address books, and the simulated yellow legal pads for note taking.
But after his death, the anti-skeuomorphists at Apple won out. With the introduction of iOS7 last year, the wood-grain bookshelf was tossed into the virtual landfill.


Don’t play “Taps” for the skeuomorph yet. The Human Interfaces Group at Carnegie Mellon just announced an iPad app that lets users employ virtual tools with familiar hand movements from the real world. They can enlarge text by gripping and moving a virtual magnifying glass, highlight as if holding a digital felt-tip marker and erase with a real-looking pink eraser.
And besides, without the skeuomorphic envelope, how would you represent an email app?
All images courtesy of Thinkstock unless otherwise noted.
June 3, 2014 - 12:35pm
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