I got my start in woodshop in the eigth grade. I built a book case for my Mom to store encyclopedias in. I also took mechanical drawing that year. Later, during high school, I was introduced to the lathe and started working with my ex-step-father framing houses. That lead to some finish carpentry and eventually to cabinet making. I took a break from wood when I joined the military. I am now getting back into it since purchasing a sawmill after Hurricane Katrina. I didn't realize how much I missed it.