Ted Sokolowski: "Deb and I have been heating our home for the past 9 years exclusively with wood in a wood stove. When we were starting out, we looked for books and DVDs to guide us in getting acquainted with the routine, work and basic safety of operating a wood burning stove. With the exception of a good book or two, we still have not seen anything on DVD that shows the novice how to maintain, harvest and heat with wood. After years of researching and perfecting our wood burning techniques, we decided to create an instructional DVD ourselves.
A DVD is the ideal medium for instruction on heating with wood and harvesting firewood. There is no way a book can show you visually how to do this as well. With people searching for more economical ways to heat their homes, wood stove sales are steadily increasing. Unfortunately, this could translate into an increase in home fires if consumers are uninformed. The safety and knowledge that is addressed on this DVD will be invaluable to anyone who wants to safely heat their home with wood.
When it comes to operating something that could potentially burn down my house, I need to know how it's done right. So during my research for heating with wood, I found a lot of myths, misconceptions, mis-information, and out-dated materials. I searched for an instructional DVD that would get me up to speed quickly and give me the details I needed to know. There were none. I finally found the information in bits and pieces and figured out the entire process through weeks of research and years of wood burning. This was a labor-intensive process that I didn't think needed to be repeated by every new wood burner.
I have always loved to learn from others in-the-know . Before video instruction, I always referred to educational books for learning new subjects. I did learn, but often times it was slow and in many cases unclear. Seminars are another great way to learn but can be expensive and time consuming. Educational DVDs bring together the best of both worlds. This is truly a 'One Year Seminar' on Heating with Wood. Through video, the time has been compressed to just under three hours of instruction. It begins in the spring and ends the following winter. If you enjoy learning right from the comfort of your own chair and watching how it's done correctly, then this DVD is for you. Best of all, if you don't get it the first time, there's always the rewind button on your remote. It's a great seasonal refresher too."
Deb: "Ted is one of those unusual people who actually reads owner's manuals. Whenever he undertakes a new project, he researches it in detail. He is very much a hands-on person, and the level of clarity he brings to this DVD makes it easy for anyone to understand.
Ted is the type of guy who can fix our car and remodel our house, yet he was hesitant to start our first fire in our new wood stove. It's intimidating to start a fire in your house, and this DVD gives the beginner confidence with that first fire.
As a professional woodturner, Ted's been working with a chain saw and reading the end grain on wood for years. He has taken this knowledge and placed it on this DVD, so that even experienced wood burners can learn how to maintain and sharpen their own chain saw, and pick up quite a few handy tips when it comes to splitting wood, cleaning a chimney, understanding what creosote really is, maintaining a wood stove as it ages, and more. It's a great resource to have in your DVD library to refer to again and again."
Background: Ted Sokolowski
Ted graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and started his career as an illustrator. With his art background and an intense passion for woodworking, he runs Sokolowski Studios as a full-time woodturner and metalspinner, creating "functional art" that is sold in galleries and art venues nationwide. Ted began his woodturning career 10 years ago and started generating a lot of scrap wood. With limited space to store it, he gave it away by the truckloads to all his friends with wood burning stoves. Then, a light bulb went off and he purchased a stove of his own. That was 9 years ago, and he hasn't been cold since. He now enjoys winters and actually looks forward to them.
Ted is also the author and producer of the popular DVD "Making a Peppermill, Focus on Design". His work can be seen at www.sokolowskistudios.com.
Background: Deb Sokolowski
Deb has been a Creative Director in the advertising industry for the past 25+ years, and has extensive experience in both print and video production for corporate and retail clients.