Important People: Nicole Spagnuolo

There have been a bunch of folks who have had a major influence on Tom’s Workbench over the past five years. I wanted to take the time to recognize a few of the folks with which the blog would have never happened.

Today, I send a shout-out to Nicole Spagnuolo. What? Did you think one Spagnuolo would be enough?

I first met Nicole when I was up at a woodworking school in Indiana. Marc was instructing the Contemplation Bench class I was attending, and Nicole came along for the trip. During the day, Marc spent a lot of time with me, trying to prevent me from cutting a few fingers off or creating a pile of designer firewood, Nicole popped in to say ‘hey’ and help document the build.

It was one night after a hard day in the shop where I really got to know both her and Marc. Nicole was preparing a delicious chicken dinner, and she asked for help snapping some fresh green beans. While we sat preparing the dinner, I realized that these two kids where alright – the kind of folks I wish lived on my street so we could invite over for barbecues and to shoot the breeze.

When Marc suggested that perhaps I might want to start a blog, it was Nicole who did a lot of the legwork getting the domain name and helped me get the infrastructure working on the site.

Early on with the blog, there was a point where I felt as if I couldn’t go on anymore. I wasn’t drawing thousands of readers each day, and I thought it wasn’t worth keeping things up and running. As if on cue, Nicole sent a quick e-mail letting me know just how good she thought the blog was, and that she couldn’t wait to see more content.

So, you have Nicole to blame!

Today, Nicole is a proud mom, a video gamer and one of the funniest people I know on Twitter. And, yes, I have to admit, as an unofficial honorary uncle, I look forward to the pictures of Mateo she shares with the online community.

I don’t think I have said it enough, but thank you, Nicole for all of your help.

5 thoughts on “Important People: Nicole Spagnuolo”

  1. haha! What a nice surprise to be featured on your site! I had no idea I helped you as much as I did 🙂 I’m really glad you kept it going. I’ve enjoy seeing you grow not only as a woodworker, but also as a blogger and now podcaster! Thanks for the shout out, but can I have a small request? A new picture? 😉

  2. Hi Tom & Nicole, I thank the both of you for getting this blog going. I am a semi-retired hardwood floor man and now have a little more time to “play” with all the toys I’ve accumulated over the years. This blog helps in adding to the already many ideas I have in my head.
    The 17-19 of May I’m heading too Des Moines, IA for the WOOD magazine WOOD Conference weekend. I plan on passing on the word about Tom’s Workbench.

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