Im probably gonna drive you guys nuts, Sorry.
My name is Paula and I'm a weekend warrior. Im pretty good (and more experienced than I would like to be) at general construction, excellent at plumbing and electrical, but fascinated by woodwork where I have very limited experience. I like to solve problems and think outside the box and often think "I can do that" even when I clearly have no business believing it. Im always thinking "you know what would be even better" or I have an idea in my head and cant find exactly the right pre-made piece in exactly the dimensions I want, and therefor must have.
My Grandpa Joe was my best friend growing up. When we weren't fishing or playing together having fantastic adventures, he was building something. He passed away recently. I spent a lot of time watching him bend beams for cathedral ceilings and spiral staircases and build gazebos like they were going out of style, carving panels for fun before I was old enough to focus my attention. When I was old enough to appreciate and want to know "how" I didn't have the time to spend with him in the work shop. I really missed out.
He was a little bit master craftsman and a little bit quick and dirty carpenter depending on whether it was a labor of love (former) or a necessary repair (later). He always smelled like sawdust, and often when we would be in church on Sunday mornings when he kneeled at the pew the shavings of his most recent early morning project would puff and dribble out of his pants cuffs, LOL. To me its the most wonderful smell in the world.
I love everything about wood. From the beautiful majestic live tress to the grain of each piece and of course its incredible usefulness. Im a firm believer in "if you want something done right, do it yourself" and if its gonna get done wrong, better to have the learning experience than the contractor's bill.
This is a relatively new hobby for me, and like grandpa, sometimes it will be something functional and sometimes it will be something beautiful, rarely both, generally not finished in anything like a timely fashion, with lots of trial and error along the way. I would have loved to be able to call Grandpa Joe for advice, but since I cant do that anymore, I'm hoping this community can pick up the mantle. Thank you in advance.