I live in Davis, California, a little college town in the Central Valley, just west of the capital city. I’ve known about David De Cristoforo for quite a few years, having met his family through friends of friends in the late 1990s.
Since I got serious about woodworking, and have begun picking up tools and learning how to use them, I’ve been thinking about David and wondering if he was still making furniture and cabinetry. Turns out (bad pun, but I had to) he’s mostly turning wood these days. And producing some incredible pieces.
It also turns out, I’ve just learned, that his father is none other than R.J. De Cristoforo, long time contributor of articles on woodworking and tool use to Popular Science Magazine. My dad just gave me a copy of R.J.’s book, De Cristoforo’s Complete Book of Power Tools, and I’m paging through it like a kid with his first comic.
The De Cristoforos, father and son, are both writers and woodworkers. R.J. started his career as a poet and short story author, moving on to writing articles for Popular Science. David now keeps a regular blog going, and his son, I believe, also writes fiction as well as keeps his hands in the sawdust now and then.
And here I was, just this morning, wondering if being a writer and woodworker made any sense at all. Sometimes you never know what’s out there in the forest because you’re too busy looking at the trees.