It’s been four years and counting since I started UnpluggedShop.com as a hobby site.
I wanted to learn hand tool woodworking and figured I might as well share.
In both of those areas, the site has been a smashing success. I still have fond memories of those early days of the site when Chris Schwartz, Steven Shepherd, Kari Hultman, and Gary Roberts, among others were some of the most prominent bloggers.
UnpluggedShop.com has grown enormously even though I have seldom given it the attention I thought it deserved and have ignored its upkeep for months at a time as life got in the way.
Even now, the site desperately needs an upgrade, and I just don’t have the time to do it without financial compensation.
I have thought long and hard about working to give UnpluggedShop.com a stable financial backing. I have been convinced that is the best way forward and have been able to come up with suitable business models, but none I personally wanted to pursue at this point in my life.
Selling the site is also a difficult proposition as I am emotionally attached to the site both for reasons of its history and its mission. Frankly, there are very few people I could think of I might sell the site to.
A while back, I was contacted by Paul and Joseph Sellers. They made it known they appreciated the mission of UnpluggedShop.com and might be interested in purchasing it in order to keep it going and improve it.
As they expressed their vision for the site, I realized it was precisely the direction I felt it should go, and that they are in a wonderful position to make it happen.
Even though I won’t be running UnpluggedShop.com, I plan to continue hand tool woodworking, lathe turning, and cutting lumber.
I’m setting up a new blog to talk about it from time to time at www.LukesWoodArt.com.
I know many of you are also in to gardening and homesteading. You can find me at www.GettingThingsGrowing.com
My thanks to all who have blogged, made suggestions, commented, contributed money, and otherwise participated in the site.
I trust you will continue to enjoy the site, send suggestions for new sites to track, checkout the new stuff as it appears, and recommend UnpluggedShop.com to your friends.
May your shavings be wispy and your tearout obscure,