The Sawdust Chronicles is hosted by Rick Waters. Rick has, in the past, enjoyed co-hosting partnerships with Erik Pearson and Pete Bretzke.
Rick grew up and currently lives in the western suburbs of Chicago while working in Chicago proper as a software developer. After serving in the Army as a Military Intelligence Specialist / Czech Linguist and later as a Technical Engineering Specialist, Rick returned to civilian life working full-time as a Software Quality Assurance engineer as well as going to school full-time at night.
All within a 2 year span, Rick received his Computer Science/Networking undergraduate degree with Honors from DePaul University, married his wife Vicki, moved into a house that needed many repairs, and become a father (again).
With the newly realized free-time of not going to school and having finished most of the home repairs needed, Rick discovered his love for the craft of woodworking late in the winter of 2008. Rick now hosts the Splintered Board Podcast, in which he shares his experiences being a newcomer to the hobby of woodworking. Rick also co-hosts The Sawdust Chronicles where he attempts to make Woodworking less intimidating for newer woodworkers.
Erik has been a woodworker for about 6 years but still considers himself a novice, a beginner. Recently Erik was able to start setting up a dedicated workshop, in the back bay of his garage, and found himself really getting serious about woodworking. He decided to start from scratch again with his woodworking education.
Erik started The Novice Garage Woodworker and the accompanying audio and video podcasts because he couldn’t find a single web resource that could give him a concise answer to the question, “Where and How Do I Get Started In Woodworking?” He tries to answer that question, and share some lessons he’s learned and useful resources that will help you out.