About Rick’s Hobby Garage

Welcome to my site!

My name is Rick Simper and I started this website September of 2017.

I have created this website and blog to share my hobbies with you. On this site you will see some of my projects on gardening, composting, worm composting, woodworking, welding, and blacksmithing.

Items for Sale:

If you are interested in something we make, my wife, Joy, has an Etsy store where you can find some of our handmade items for sale over there.

You can find her store here: 4HappyHearts

I hope you find the information on my site entertaining and useful! Enjoy!


The idea! Rick’s Hobby Garage was created by a thought that I had when I woke up one morning from bed. I don’t recall having any dreams of it that night but I do remember the idea popped into my mind as I was waking up. From that time forward, it was stuck in my mind so I had to do something with the ideas even if that meant writing them down and go no further with them. I wanted to create a website of projects that could be created in less than a day and make these projects available to others.

The Implementation! I have not ever created a website before. This was all new to me so I had to figure out what type of projects that I would be including in Rick’s Hobby Garage website, how I would go about creating this website, and what group of people I wanted to reach out to.

The History! I work at an Architectural firm as my full time career. I enjoy what I do most of the time, but when I am not there working, I keep occupied by spending time with my family and friends and working around the house. When I get the chance, I try to spend some time with my hobbies. I have many hobbies, which I didn’t have until I met my wife, who at the time had more hobbies than me. She told me that I needed to get a hobby; I listened to her and that is when I took on woodworking and I turned an 8’x10’ shed into my workshop. When we bought our first house, the garage then turned into my workshop. My father-in-law introduced me to more trades, such as welding and blacksmithing. I later became interested in gardening and coin collecting. I have sold some of the projects that I have made such as pens and wine bottle stoppers, both made of turned wood. Birdhouses are part of other things I make and sell.

Some time ago, my wife, mother-in-law, father-in-law and I started what we called Hobby Day. For one day out of each weekend that we could, we would spend a good portion of the day together working on hobbies. My father-in-law and I would usually be in the garage making something, whether it be related to woodworking or metalworking. My wife and her mom would usually be in the house working on their hobbies such as beading.

Now I want to expand on each of those hobbies by sharing with you the projects that I do with my family.

The Thanks! Thanks to the help and support of my wife, family and friends, I have been able to have the hobbies that I have today.


The projects on this website have been tested and/or built by me or by someone close to me, like a friend or a relative. Either way, we are not professional woodworkers, metalworkers, or the like. The different trades on this website are strictly a hobby for us and we have either been self taught and/or have learned different tools, tips and tricks from each other. We may not know or follow all suggested shop safety tips that are out there, but we do try to use common sense, as you should too.

We do not take any responsibility for any injuries or death that may occur from any accident, lack of common sense, stupidity, or the like, while working on the projects on this website or any project outside of this website. Furthermore, responsibility for any losses, damages or distress resulting from adherence to any information made available through this website is not the responsibility of the creators of this website.

We have taken reasonable care to make sure that all articles and other information on this website are as accurate as possible at the time of publication, but we take no responsibility for any errors or omissions contained herein.

We highly recommend that you follow all safety procedures that are provided with the tools and/or products that you will be using during the making of the projects on this website. We recommend that you use common sense, wear the necessary safety protection and use the recommended safety devices for the tools you use.

Most of all, have a great time building and creating!