Welcome to shcarving.com!

 7th November 2013

 Scott Hampshire

WELCOME! To the new home of SH Carving! I'm very happy with the way the new site has worked out, and I hope you like it too!

I would first like to thank those who helped me get up and running here. I wouldn't have been able to do much without the help of Wes Burningham. I've know Wes since my sophomore year in high school and his wife since the second grade. He's always been a very good friend of mine. Wes and I both share a love for woodworking and all things nerdy. He has helped me from step one by getting the URL reserved to finding a template that filled the needs of the website to tweaking that design and making this site how it is now. Please check out his personal website and see what else he can do. Wes is open to doing freelance work and loves to help people get their ideas off the ground. If it wasn't for the initial push from him to do things all on my own, I'd still be on blogspot. If you have ever wanted to get your own website, no matter how big or small, shoot him an email and let him show you what's possible.

Second thanks goes to Sally Rampton for the assistance with photography. I wouldn't have shots anywhere near the quality that we have for the main pages without her. Sally is one of my wife's best friends whom she grew up with. We have gone to Sally for all of our photography sessions from our engagement photos to the photos of our newborn daughter. You can get a sample of her other work at her website, if the photos here don't convince you enough. If you live in the area of the Salt Lake/Utah Valley area, I'd highly recommend contacting her for your next family photo or wedding. We have never been disappointed with the work that she's done for us.

As you can tell, this is going to be quite a bit different from what you're used to at the blogspot site. I've thought a lot about how the new website/blog is going to be structured, and I think I've got something that will work a lot better for me and you guys. In the past I've often found myself struggling to post regularly on the site. This was mostly due to the fact that I was heavily involved with school and family and didn't have as much time to devote to carving and making interesting posts about the project regularly. This not only made me feel like I wasn't devoting enough time to make content available, but it also made me question the quality of the content I was delivering.

I hope readers will have a better idea of how much work goes into each woodcarving from start to finish, and how much attention the small details get during the whole process.

For this reason instead of delivering multiple updates on a single project, I'll consolidate all information on each project into one summarization post. This way I'm not under so much pressure to continually update the site, each story will be filled with a richer amount of information on each project, and each project will be easy to find instead of having to follow a slew of posts that can span several weeks time. I hope readers will have a better idea of how much work goes into each woodcarving from start to finish, and how much attention the small details get during the whole process.

I'd like to lastly thank all of you readers that have kept with me over the last few years. It's great to login and see people from all over the world reading. Thank you for allowing me to share my hobby with you, I hope it inspires you do what you truly love.

Feel free to take a look around the site and get yourself acquainted with the new layout. I'm still getting situated in our new home, but I have a few projects that look like they'll be picking up in the next few weeks. There are still a few things that will change, but we're pretty much 95% complete.