Sorry to my fellow woodies for taking so long to put pen to paper, I came to America and was jolted by your awesome country and your awesome people. I have knuckled down in our business so that we have the funds to make it a regular thing. Subsequently time has been lacking and I have so many ideas but no time to write.
I invented an overlay step style (named the Lapraik Step) that I want to share with you in-depth, and the article will be done as soon as I can. In the meantime...
I have spent some time wondering if electricians have the passion we wood floor peeps do? Do plasterers have 14 Facebook groups they belong to? Are there brick layers with 100K+ views of them placing a brick? Are there house painters with 20-something-thousand Insta followers? Do tilers have sworn enemies cause some other guy is not as passionate as they are? Are there carpenters who can travel across this planet and have other carpenters come to meet with them ... Nope, I can't see it.
A floor can be installed correctly, or it can be installed correctly AND beautifully.
Our chosen craft is unique. It's a trade; it takes skill and technique to do it well. It is something that is taught and learnt and has many layers of depth of skill ... but this skill is multiplied by the artistic ability of the individual. A floor can be installed correctly, or it can be installed correctly AND beautifully.
Art is developed. I consider myself so lucky to have fallen into wood flooring—something I’ll do till I’m dead. I feel I have an artistic flair and a degree of taste. Both were nurtured by reading architectural magazines, visiting display homes, following designers on social media and more. It's not hard but it can be the difference—the edge—you have on the next guy/girl.
We are all so lucky to be able to do “The Art of Wood Flooring," and if you feel like you need help getting there, all you have to do is look for opportunities like the Extreme Wood Floors Course that just happened. [Note from the editor: See photos from that course here.]