Web Site changes


I’ve had the privilege (or misfortune, to be more precise), to spend much of my working life in crafts. Woodworking, silver and gold smithing, wood turning and carving, furniture building and restoration, and so on. I call it a privilege because it is sheer joy to build something well. But for me it was a misfortune, because I never made enough money to turn a profit for all of the hours I put into each job. I’m just that good a craftsman, and that bad a businessman, I guess.

So now I’m a writer, and a businessman. The only difference I can see between being a good craftsman and a lousy businessman and and being a good writer and a lousy businessman is that I don’t sweat as much, or drive my hammer onto my thumb quite as often. Actually, that’s a real improvement in my quality of life.

I miss all of my lovely tools, and my workshop, and my dreams. I do, really. But at my age I have to at least appear to be starting to grow up. Maturity sucks, if you ask me.

So I’ve taken many of the photographs of my work over the years and put together a Photo Gallery on my web site. I’ve added a bit of commentary on the pieces I’ve made, or restored, and I’ll probably expand that once most of the photographs are in place. It’s about half done, now.

So, log on to www.garyshowalter.com and click on the Photo Gallery. There are three or four sections there, now. Let me know what you think.

We’ll get back to more serious stuff later in the week. I’ve got a book to finish.

Have a good week

About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. Those words were written a few years ago. Frankly speaking, the literary well has dried up. I now live in Dunnellon, Fl, where I amworking as the caretaker on a horse farm and looking to build a workshop here on the property where I can get back to building furniture. With any luck I will be sinking piers some time early in November and hope to have the floor joists ready for flooring by the end of the month. I'll get back to you on that.
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