Hello from Chicago Area
I'm a casual woodworker as of late. Back in high school (Early 80's) I took 9 total woodshop classes starting with Woods I and ending with multiple courses of Independant Study. I figured if college didn't work out, I should have a trade to fall back on. College worked out, but I still love making things.
Unfortunately, my chosen profession keeps me travelling from time to time and I just don't have the time to devote to woodworking like I want to. Hopefully, I'll be home more in the near future and I can continue putting the last touches on my shop.
My dad was my inspiration to go towards woodworking. He was always tinkering around in the garage and I liked to help. When he passed on, I got most of his tools but the one thing tool I wanted more than anything was his hammer. He had an old Craftsman claw hammer that he built everything with. It has a white fiberglass handle with his name burned into it with a soldering iron and I always identified that tool with him. Now, it's passed to me and always make sure "dad' is with me when I pack my tool bag or take on a project.
I found this site by a search engine and it looked very helpful. Last night I spent quite some time doing searches, looking for info on miter saws and blades. Based on the recomendations / advice / education I picked up, I made a few purchases. I hope to learn more as I read on and hope to pass on a little bit of what I've learned over the years. See you all around the board, especially the turning forums.