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Adam of Lazyguydiy.com
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Name
Adam
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Virgina
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What got you started in woodworking?

When I was a kid I would help my dad flipping houses.  Totally ripping out the guts and rebuilding them back.  So I learned a lot of basics with power tools and even better improvisation for when things don't go to plan.  It wasn't until my first senior year of college when I took an art degree detour that the maker bug bit me.  The painting and drawing classes were fun, but metal and jewelry and industrial design really did it.  They gave you a healthy supply of Mountain Dew and a fully stocked workshop and said be safe.  I designed and built my first piece of furniture there... then I promptly went back to business classes and finished my major.  Ha!

If you could go back to when you started and give yourself advice, what would it be?

I had a lot of issues with creativity early on because I was too concerned over what other people thought about my work.  Because of that I always played it safe and never had fun with my design process.  You should always be expanding your craft which means trying new things regardless of the results.  Failure is always an option, as long as you learn from it for next time.  

Since you have kids, who is your favorite Disney Princess?

Rapunzel in the Tangled movie seems to be the most fun.  Plus she's crazy artist and wields a mean frying pan in a fight.  

Who's your favorite maker?  

Right now I'm digging Paul Jackman's builds from Jackman Works.  He's got a style of of his own and looks like he's having a lot of fun while creating. 

What is your favorite tool in the shop?  

Makita's LXT Plunge Saw is my new favorite.  It's changed the way how I plan out projects since I'm always really tight on space and a table saw isn't always a viable option for me.  

Your blog and following has really taken off, what's your secret?  

Ignore the noise and do what you love.  When you're enthusiastic about what you do, it's infectious and people will take notice when you regularly share it.  You can easily get caught up in analytics and page views, but those people start compromising their content to chase a number that ultimately doesn't matter.  Of course there's a business side, but as long as you continue to make your content fun and a representative of you, people will flock to it.

How do you stay focused?

I'm a disorganized procrastinator.  Panic is a great motivator.  I also set reasonable expectations on my content.  I originally tried to have several posts on my website a week and post on social media twice a day.  That's impossible when you only get a few hours a week in the shop.  You set your own standards and goals.  Don't fall victim to fake obligations (unless you have a paid deadline).

You've had great success working with brands, if someone was looking to follow the same path, what advice would you give?

Don't look at a brand rep like they're just your ticket to a paycheck or free tools.  You both clearly have similar interests so you're missing out on what could be a great friendship.  I have brands I work with where I talk to my original contact almost daily because we're now friends.  And you know who friends think of when they have cool opportunities... their own friends.   

What's the most embarrassing CD you had in your giant CD Case growing up?  

The movie soundtrack to "Scream 2".  For 1997, I stand by my purchase with songs from artists such as D'Angelo, The Eels, Dave Matthews Band, Sugar Ray and the Kottonmouth Kings.  In reality... 

What drives your desire to create?  

I mentally NEED an outlet for creativity.  Always.  I sit behind a desk all day and look at spreadsheets.  If I'm not drawing, writing, problem solving or building my mind gets restless at night and I don't sleep... which isn't a terrible thing because a lot of great work gets done at 3am.  There are no distractions.  Toss in some caffeine and you can achieve just about anything.