Hello from Seattle!
I have been a frequent visitor to the site (and even an occasional commenter), and now I'm finally formally introducing myself.
I have been baking bread in Seattle for about a year. Funny, but it all started with a failed attempt at focaccia from Mario Batali's book. The frustration of that public failure (I had a dinner party that night) made me dive into bread baking. Having no interest in sandwich loaves, I went right for artisan breads and haven't looked back since. One thing lead to another, and by now my bread baking book collection has officially surpassed my vast collection of Italian cookbooks. My skills have improved as well, I must say :-)
It is great to know that there are so many people passionate about bread baking! I look forward to expanding my knowledge and sharing my future failures and successes.