Scott Morrison Video Interview Part 1

It's Finally Here!

It's the first installment of my discussion with Scott Morrison ~ Finewoodworker. I had a great time talking with Scott and I hope that you enjoy sitting in on our conversation. I must admit that I thought of many more questions after I left Scott's shop. That may be enough excuse to get with Scott in the future for another session;)

In the first installment Scott shares his background in woodworking, what it was like starting a woodworking business, and the role his wife plays.  

I hope you enjoy Part 1 and  I will be releasing Part 2 soon.

A big thanks to Scott for taking the time to sit down with me during his busy schedule.

Time Is Limited!

Don't forget to get in on the latest special that Scott has offered, it is another "Captain Clippinger Discount." If you purchase the Elegant Rocking Chair DVD and template, just ask for the Captain Clippinger Discount and he will refund $50 on your order. 

The normal cost for the Elegant Rocking Chair DVD and template bundle is $185 and you can get them for $135. This offer only lasts until April 30th so be sure to act fast. You can order from Scott's site at

That's all for now, on with the show-

Your friend in the shop, Todd A. Clippinger,

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A $50 Savings & A Peek At My Mobile Shop

It's Coming...

A chat with Scott Morrison.I didn't mean to release a teaser clip of the chat with Scott Morrison and leave you hanging, but I had something settle hard in my lungs and so I haven't been able to accomplish as much as I would like. I have been pretty run down and need a lot of sleep, sitting at the computer is hard to do when all I want to do is shut my eyes.

My work days have been pretty short and I have to focus on projects where people have paid me (dang the real world.)

Not to further taunt you guys, but Scott does share some really good information for people thinking about woodworking professionally. So I will be sure to get things going and get the video together. I am also trying to get some still images to add to the video. 

 The Return Of "Captain Clippinger" Savings

When I was visiting with Scott, we were talking about sharing our knowledge with woodworkers. One thing that I mentioned was how well he demystified the process of constructing the Sam Maloof inspired rocker. It is admired by most all woodworkers and intimidating to most of those same people.Scott Morrison in his shop.

He shared with me how gratifying it was to see other woodworkers make one of these chairs for themselves. He has quite a collection of emails and pictures from woodworkers gushing with pride at their accomplishment. As a craftsman, it was easy for me to recognize that look. 

As our conversation continued he commented that he might have to run another "Captain Clippinger" special. So, the other day he contacted me to find out how my video edit was going (yeh, I know...) and that he had another deal.

Elegant Rocking Chair DVD SetBecause of our conversation, Scott is running a new special and he is calling it his "After Tax Day Discount." If anyone places an order between April 15 and April 30th 2010 for the Elegant Rocking Chair Bundle, and asks for the "Captain Clippinger Discount" he will refund $50 to their account. 

The Elegant Rocking Chair bundle includes the DVD and Template for what is often known as the classic Maloof Rocker. Normally the DVD's and template are $185 so by asking for the "Captain Clippinger Discount" you can save $50.4 DVD's with 6 hours of instruction.

There is 6 hours of instruction over 4 DVD's so he is generous with the information whether it is spoken or demonstrated.

The real value in the DVD's is the amount of demonstrated information. He could have made the video shorter, but it would have been missing much of the information that is not so much spoken as it is shared through the demonstration. That is one of the reasons you feel like he is giving you a personal lesson.

With the experience of designing projects myself, I can say getting the templates is worth the money. You will spend a lot of time trying to figure out size and shape on any given piece in project. With something sculptoral like the Maloof style rockers, the templates are worth their weight in gold. 

I know that it is a dream for a lot of guys to build one of these chairs, so be sure to get the Captain Clippinger Discount at to save $50 on the Elegant Rocking Chair bundle. This only lasts until April 30th.

Mobile Shop

Mobile shop setup.Not only do I have a nice indoor shop to work with, but I also have a mobile set of tools to use when I am working on site. Every jobsite setup may be different because of particular needs and space, but these photos give you an idea of what a general setup will look like.

My work revolves around using the table saw, miter saw, compressor with nailers, and often the jig saw and belt sander. These are the most commonly used tools when working on site. Other tools may include routers and surface planer when doing built-ins. 

Overall, my collection of tools seems pretty endless at times, especially when it comes to loading and unloading the truck or to maintenance. But I offer a large range of services so I need the tools to perform those services. An interesting observation, since I just visited Scott Morrison's shop, was how few tools he had in comparison to my collection. But we offer different products, and each has tools according to their needs. 

Miter saw station with outfeed support stand.One of the best things I ever did was build an outfeed support table for my miter saw. It has immediate support to the left an right of the saw and open cubbies to keep pencils, squares, and other miscellaneous tools in close reach and accounted for. The white laminate top allows me to scribble notes on with a pencil and the marks are easily erased with solvent or hand cleaner wipes. 

I will cover this in more detail in the future so perhaps you can make one for yourself too.

Hope you enjoy the information and can get in on the Captain Clippinger Discount at

That is all for now. Your friend in the shop, Todd A. Clippinger

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Review Of Instructional DVD's & A Discount Offer!

Building Sam Maloof Inspired Furniture

Did you ever dream of building a rocking chair inspired by Sam Maloof?  Or looking to build other furniture that carries the sensual and sculpted designs famously inspired by him?

Scott Morrison, a successful furniture maker and designer in his own right, has released instructional DVD's sharing the knowledge and techniques for making this style of furniture in your own shop. 

Scott Morrison Instruction DVD's

I just finished viewing the instructional DVD's for two pieces of furniture. Scott recently sent me the DVD titles "Building an Elegant Rocking Chair" and "Building a Contemporary Barstool." I also received the templates for the Contemporary Bar Stool.

If his name sounds familiar, perhaps you have seen Scott's work or an article covering him in a woodworking publication. His work has been published in Fine Woodworking, WoodWork, and he appeared in the February 2010 Woodworker's Journal for a butterfly joint that he developed. His work has also appeared in other magazines covering home furnishings and style. To see more you can visit his site

The Guidelines

As I viewed the DVD's I had to think about what I am really looking for. What makes an instructional DVD good or bad?

The first two things that people notice when watching a video is if the light or sound is bad. I don't believe that the viewer is expecting Hollywood studio quality in these categories, but the light and sound should be reasonably good allowing us to adequately see the demonstration and hear the instruction.

Next, the quality of the content is measured. Does the presenter have good content and is it efficiently shared with the viewer? Or does the presenter ramble off on irrelevant tangents?

Also, is the instruction presented in a logical and comprehensive manner? The information may all be available in the video, but the presentation may be so poorly laid out that it leaves the viewer confused and unable to assemble the blocks of broken information into something sensible.

The Verdict

Elegant Rocking Chair DVD'sThe videos are professionally burned and packaged. This insures quality and compatibility with various DVD players, especially old ones that won't play DVD's burned on the computer (we recently retired one of those.) 

The discs had chapters and I checked them. they all functioned as they should. The chapters were especially important for the rocking chair, a quick look and confidence was immediately instilled by seeing all of the titles. This was a quick outline and indicator of the information held within.

Bar Stool DVD'sI watched all of the videos and I found them to be of good quality and very interesting. The videos captured my attention from beginning to end and they were very comprehensive.

Scott's delivery of the information is very friendly and logical. It feels like he is giving you a personal lesson in his shop and he gives you the confidence to successfully complete these otherwise intimidating projects.

The videos are shot in Scott Morrison's own shop with both tripod and hand held shots. The lighting and sound are good. I could always see the action and hear the instruction.

The quality of the content was great in both videos. Scott lays everything out logically, communicates well, and stays focused. These all add up to a clear delivery for the volumes of information that he shares.

The visual information that he shares is of tremendous importance for projects like these and he was not stingy with it. Ever notice how the TV shows can't give enough detail information because they have a specific amount of time to fill? Scott was not bound by time constraints. That means he was able to take the time to share all of the details, knowledge, and techniques necessary to insure your success. 

The video was rich with visual information. He explains what he is going to do, why he is going to do it, and then he gives plenty of video footage for the viewer to see how it is done. With the grinding process this is important. The viewer gleans much information on how to grind by watching the nuances of Scott's movements and actions. I think this provides a tremendous value to the viewer. 

I think that a great value to add to all of this is Scott's support. I know of one woodworker that purchased the video and templates to "Build A Simple Rocking Chair" and he was very happy with the support that he received from Scott. So rest assured, if you have a question, you will get an answer.

A Word On Templates

Bar Stool TemplatesMy simple suggestion concerning the templates is BUY THEM. Purchasing the templates will make life so much easier. I have designed enough of my own furniture to know the value of buying a template.

The templates are printed to full scale and include printed instructions on the paper. There is also a "bonus" section on each set of the DVD's that gives instruction on making and using the templates. Jig construction and usage are also covered in this section as well.


A Discount Offer

Since I was doing this review I thought that I might see if Scott had an special offers that he could extend to the readers. I shot him an email and he sent one back with an offer of 15% off any videos, templates, and the new butterfly kit that will be ready soon.

March 17 2010 - UPDATE ON DISCOUNT

Scott Morrison informed me that the PayPal discount field was experiencing some problems. To get the 15% discount at this time, the buyer will have to pay the full price upfront, but just email him with the information of the transaction and the “Captain Clippinger” special (it’s because I asked:) and he will refund the discount back to you right away.

I can vouch for Scott answering his emails pretty regularly because whenever I have had a question for him, I received a response within a couple of hours.

I hope that this clears up any confusing situations that may have occurred. It is a great opportunity to get 15% off instruction and support to build some beautiful pieces of furniture.

This offer runs to the end of March 2010. That is just 2 weeks to get a discount of 15% on the video instruction and templates for creating some incredible furniture! 

You can see all that Scott has to offer at

Your friend in the shop, Todd A. Clippinger

Peace, Love, & WoodWorking Discounts