Who are the top five woodworkers who've influenced your work, and what was their influence?
I asked over in WoodNet and made a list of over 80 different woodworkers the members there cited as influential... here are their top 7 so far:
1) Norm Abram 27 votes
2) Dad 14 votes (some great personal stories here...)
3) David Marks 13 votes
4) woodnetters 10 votes
5) Granpa 9 votes (more great stories here...)
6) shop teacher 7 votes
7) James Krenov 6 votes
Note I don't mean in terms of style necessarily - I think Norm won out because it was through his show that so many woodworkers said "I could do that..." Also he was a big influence on folks to buy woodworking tools.
2 items of note:
I will definitely be likely to quote someone on influences, and at the least will be unscientifically polling who your top five are and putting them in my list.
My intention is to create another "ultimate guide" like the safety guide but this one targeting great - and not so well known but still influential - woodworkers.
If it looks like I'm making things up as I go along... you're right! For example - I kinda sorta asked this question already in the woodworker interviews project thread...
...And yes, I will be going after some of the woodworkers on the list for my interviews once those get rolling
I look forward to reading who YOUR top five most influential woodworkers are! (and NO it doesn't have to be just five... it can be more or less