Hello, I am glad you are here. My name is Darryl Jones and welcome to Dread Knot Woodshop. I started my YouTube channel as well as this website as a way to leave behind a legacy for my children and their children, I am accomplishing this and much more. I never imagined that I would become a part of a worldwide community of makers, establishing friendships around the globe with some of the most talented people in the world.
I have been married to my lovely wife for almost 20 years as of this writing, together we have four sons. I have worked in IT for the better part of the last 20 years in various capacities. I studied art in college and I still enjoy drawing on occasion (not counting rough sketched plans of items to build). I have enjoyed the art of cooking since becoming an adult, experimenting with spices and flavor profiles. Several years ago, my uncle Willie Woods took me under his wings and helped me up my “grilling game”.
I have been woodworking in one way or another since I was very young. I still remember clobbering together a tv stand out of some old plywood with my grandfather. Later, I would go on to take wood shop in middle school. I couldn’t believe my eyes standing in front of the array of tools available to me for the first time in my life. I really enjoyed wood shop, so much so that my shop teacher contacted the High School teacher about me. Upon arrival that first year, I was given a stack of magazines and pointed to “good wood” cabinet and told to make something great. For four years, I made everything from intarsia to furniture.
With little money and even less tooling, the years after high school didn’t afford me the opportunity to make anything. When we moved on campus to married housing, there was a loan out service available and to my pleasant surprise there were some tools available. I was able to make several items for our home including another tv stand and a toddler bed for my son. As the years went on, I was able to gather more tools which allowed more experiences. After college, we bought our first home and that was the beginning of my shop as I know it today. Over the past 16 years, I have been collecting tools and materials and learning everything I can about woodworking. Join me as I continue my journey….