Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Saint Charles, Illinois (West Burbs of Chicago)
Hello Everyone - Newbie Here
I am really looking forward to learning from the people on this site. I am 48 years old and just recently decided to put my toe in the woodworking waters. I am learning quickly that once you put your toe in it's not long before the whole body follows.
Back when I was just a little guy, I remember my grandfather letting me watch him in his little basement workshop as he built all kinds of projects. I would watch for hours. It all seemed like magic. He was kind and patient and tried to teach me all that he was doing. I was about 5 at the time so not much of the information stuck, but there was just something about watching him work his magic that stuck in my memory. I didn't even realize it at the time but it planted in me a deep desire to do what he was doing.
He died when I was 7 and there was no one left to teach me. My dad (rest his soul) did not receive the "woodworking gene" from grandfather and therefor couldn't help me a bit. So the dream kind of died but the desire never did.
Over the years I would buy the occassional woodworking book, browse through the lumber yards and hardware stores, and yes, I became addicted to "good old Norm" on television (now there is a guy in my opinion who can work magic. But I just didn't know enough or have the confidence to get started. Until now.
So that brings me here. I am brand new to actually "doing" woodworking, but the desire has been there for more than 40 years. I look forward to hopefuly learning from some of you who have "the woodworking gene."
I look forward to meeting and getting to know you.