Dread Knot Woodshop…….
The inspiration for the brand stems from conversations with others about making (woodworking, woodturning, etc). So many times the conversation touches on what or why a person feels that they cannot do something. Over the years I have discovered one simple thing to be fact, if you focus on what you can do, you will eventually do what you think you can’t. So the brand refers to putting aside excuses and hinderances and attempting to do the thing that you thought you couldn’t without fear of failure, because repeated failure is the recipe to success. #dreadknotandmakesomething
My name is Darryl Jones and welcome to my website. I have possessed a love for making my entire life, encompassing various mediums over time. Woodworking has always had a place in my love of making, even at a very young age. My grandfather was no craftsman but he built a number of items that worked. While his projects were not beautiful I was always amazed at his ability to create what he needed usually from what he had on hand. This was perhaps the earliest beginnings of the path I find myself on today. My grandfather was also what you might call a “diamond in the rough”, he had a heart of gold and was always willing to help those in need but on the surface he was a fairly hard man. Fast forwarding several decades and innumerable experiences, I have built on those early building blocks…
I am a woodworker and maker that is passionate about learning as much as possible about my craft. I am also a maker that is equally passionate about being a good steward of the craft, sharing and educating others about the craft and the immense joy and satisfaction of creating beautiful and practical pieces with their own hands. I also believe that our country was built by makers but has become a consumerist society, I aim to do my part to empower people to harken back to the founding spirit and start making again.
I started a YouTube channel originally to provide a sort of legacy for my children and future descendants, figuring that videos on the internet would be around forever. The response to my videos was very promising, encouraging me to start using the platform as an opportunity to share my knowledge with others. This is the point at which the brand Dread Knot Woodshop was born. As a result of the YouTube channel, film making was added to my quiver of creative mediums. I have since created both marketing as well as instructional content for NOVA Teknatool. I have also worked in conjunction with other companies, creating video content promoting their products such as Starbond Adhesives. Alongside the YouTube channel, an Instagram account was also created which is used to share what happens in the shop on a more granular level. There I share in progress images, tips, finished projects, and many other facets of the Dread Knot Woodshop experience.
I truly enjoy sharing the craft with others particularly out in the public. Over the past few years, I have had the incredible opportunity to be invited to be a participant in public demos. Including meet and greet at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware and a woodturning demo during a Woodcraft Store event both in the Orlando, FL area. In 2016, I participated in the Orlando Maker Faire as a demonstrator, demonstrating pen and bowl turning, I have also been invited to demo and provide customer outreach for Nova Teknatool at several of The Woodworking Shows events including Tampa (2018), St. Lois (2018), and Atlanta (2018). I participate in as many meet-ups (gatherings of makers) as possible. At these meet ups, we as makers have a unique opportunity to network and share information, tips, and techniques.