Four Oaks Crafts


Why I pursue crafts and DIY projects. I live a busy life, you live a busy life. We all need a diversion from time to time. I love finding ways to release my God-given, creative talents. Crafts and hobbies have afforded me a unique way to share my life with others and invent something new. As a result, I continually reinvent myself. So this site is about me showing you how I carry all this out.

What inspires me? I find a lot of my inspiration from God’s wonderful creation. I love woodworking and particularly functional crafts for the kitchen, office, and outdoor pursuits. Over 15 years ago, I read a book called Pen Turner’s Workbook by Barry Gross. This book got me hooked on pen turning, which is to this day one of my favorite woodworking projects. I’ve also gone on to make other items on the lathe like bottle stoppers, bowls, pepper mills.

What do I hope to accomplish with this website? I mainly want to help you discover the rewards and joys of crafts and hobbies. I want to help you discover a craft or hobby that will enrich your life and the lives of those you love and serve. One of the best ways to learn is to jump in and start doing it. Hopefully, I’ll remove some of the walls and barriers you think may be holding you back from making stuff. It’s easier than ever to jump into a DIY hobby, even with a few basic tools.

I’m just an average guy. A maker. A tinkerer. I’m not a master craftsman or fine woodworker. Someday I hope to achieve that status, but right now, I just want to jump in there and make stuff. This is something we can all do!

Most of my posts will consist of tutorials, tips, tricks, equipment reviews, pictures of projects I’m building, and how to get started with various hobbies. As you can tell, most of my projects are strongly focused on woodworking, but a few may not involve wood at all.

I am an engineer by trade, and I manage a small training team.

I grew up in the country just outside Columbus, Georgia. I’ve always been surrounded by hobbies. My dad is a gardener, beekeeper, and general tinkerer. I had one uncle who made cabinets and another uncle into cars.

My personal hobbies: writing (fiction & non-fiction), blogging, woodworking, metal detecting, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, scouting, pencil drawing, rafting, and kayaking.

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4 comments on “About

  1. Diane

    love your cutting board. would it work to make table top 52″ by 52″. or would it warp.

    1. Stephen Johnson

      I’m pretty sure you could apply the same principle to a table of that size. Might want the boards to be a little thicker. Depending on how you construct the table top, you might want to add some cross members on the ends on the underside. Again, it all depends on how you would design your table and how you attach the top to the bottom support structure. Another step you can do to minimize warping is look at the grain pattern of the boards being glued together and alternate the grain pattern between each board. Hope that helps.

  2. Ash

    Hi, checked out your antler ring tutorial and will definitely be trying this out and also thought it worth mentioning that I don’t know about America but in the UK you can get segments of antler very cheap in most pet shops as dog chews/treats/whatever.

    1. Stephen Johnson

      Thanks for the comment. I see those too in the pet stores here and they seem to come in different price ranges. But yes, that’s another source for getting antler. I’ve tried these for making whistles and pens, but they do tend to be antler pieces that have more of the spongy material inside. It all depends on what you want to make and if you’ll be attaching anything to the antler. For pen turning, I try to look for antler that’s fairly straight and very solid all the way through. Making rings from antler works pretty well, because you normally drill all the softer, spongy stuff out and you’re left with the harder antler near the outside surface. Good luck if you try to make a ring!

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