Why do you love woodworking?
Have always been hands on, trying to see how things worked. Fixing things, tearing them apart, and sometimes getting them back together! Wood is an easy enough medium to work with and be able to build something useful for many different uses. Plus the compliments received when a project is done, and especially from people that are amazed that I didn't have to just go buy it. Took the same route as well for some welding, but equipment and material costs have kept that growth considerably slower... And since my paying work is sitting in front of a computer 8 hrs. a day, it is very nice to actually create something.
How did you get started?
Almost a family tradition, but not quite like those that worked their dad's shop. My grandfather and all his family grew up in West Texas, and had to either build it themselves or do without, especially during the depression. That ability turned into him becoming a cabinetmaker. Although, by the time I was old enough to pay attention and develop the interest, he was retired and in poor health. But my older bother took up the calling and got into carpentry for several years, so that kept my interest up. Then after my grandfather passed, my mom started making wooden toys as a way to best keep her memories of her father. Then as I started helping more and more, the interest built even more. Still has not turned into the full-blown hobby that it has for some, but being able to build some small projects, shop jigs, and cabinets as needed, plus make household repairs has been quite satisfying.
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