Big or Small, We Do Them All!

Some carving jobs are large, large, large, some are small, small, small. For example, I’m in the middle of a large sign carving – approximately 4 ft by 5 ft, which requires special jigging in my small shop. It’s going to take me a while to finish that one.

But then there are smaller jobs that present their own challenges.

This one came to me via a fellow wood worker, Chris Wong of Flair Woodworks fame. He contacted me a few weeks ago because a client of his had just purchased one of his very unique cribbage game boards and wanted some letter carving done in it for a special Christmas gift. Chris wondered if I would be interested in doing this for his client. I jumped at the chance for several reasons. I really enjoy letter carving, and this cribbage board is really cool, plus it would be a chance to collaborate with a fellow woodworker who I respect very much. The perfect triad.

The client was wonderful to work for – someone who left me with enough creative license to present some options to her, but also someone who knew enough of what she wanted to give me direction when I asked for it. All-in-all, I think the project turned out quite well.

Cribbage Board
Gillap Family Cribbage Board

I encourage you to check out Chris Wong’s website – particularly some of his videos. There’s some funny stuff in there, some top quality woodworking and joinery, as well as a true creative flair. If you’re on Twitter, follow him @flairwoodworks


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Grant McMillan

I am the University Registrar at Trinity Western University, and I've been in the profession since 1997. I have an MA in Organizational Leadership, and have made a career of going into organizations that are in very difficult situations and leading them to a much better place. I teach Leadership to budding managers in the Adult Degree Completion program at Trinity Western University. I speak and consult, with organizations. Contact me at

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