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This site was first conceived in 1996 as a source to sell our carvings online. The site was developed with NOTEPAD® and Netscape 2.0® as a browser. Free server space was provided by GeoCities. The page started as a newsletter for carvers, changing to an informational page. This gave us an opportunity to develop our skills. Now we were ready for the leap... to commercialism. Then, we discovered that GeoCities would not allow commercial enterprise on their "free" sites. We did not offer our carvings for sale, leaving the page as an informational or instructional page. Mountain Star Studio debuted on GeoCities in March of 1997. Over the next two years it evolved into a site to share woodcarving knowledge with other carvers.
In 1998, the owners discovered TRIPOD and FrontPage '98®. The first discovery allowed us free space to conduct commercial enterprise. Mountain Star Online was developed as an online catalog for our carving sales. We decided to maintain The Carving Bench as a tips and techniques site. GeoCities does not support FrontPage file extensions, we decided to move it to TRIPOD as TheCarvingBench in the spring of 1999. This marked a separation of our commercial and informational pages.
In 1999, we continued the development of the information site. Projects and Pattern pages were added. Some basic information for new carvers was added. We at ViewStats from Lycos to help track and summarize visitor information. Cosmetic changes were made to standardize the three level of pages and links.
In 2000, we upgraded to ForntPage 2000® and purchased Adobe® Acrobat. Acrobat enabled us to convert Microsoft® Word® documents to PDF file formats. We can now convert the handout pages we use in our classes for use on the web without reformatting into HTML formats. This speeds and standardizes the process to bring more great pages to the carver. Additionally, we had some great new tools to the page using HTMLGear's feedback and guestbook tools. The page for new carvers, Carving 101, was expanded. A general spruce-up of the site was conducted.
The 2000-2001 Edition is ready.
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