Hi all. I thought I would introduce myself as I registered here today. I've been a woodworker of one kind or another for some 25 years, give or take. I don't count the junk I did in my youth (I'm 51.) I've been a carpenter at a nearby university and then jumped into the dream job of all time working for an 18th century repro and restoration shop (the one that got the big write up in FWW an issue or two back.) I spent time working on my own a bit, worked for Woodcraft (a corporate store) as a salesperson/instructor and another Chester County cabinet shop.
Currently I work in retail furniture (yech!) selling mostly unfinished furniture in what would appear to be a diminishing market (surprise.) The company has gone from 4 stores 1 in the last year.
I still maintain my shop in an 18th century barn on one of those properties Washington supposedly stayed at before setting up HQ closer to Valley Forge (I'm about 2-3 miles from Valley Forge Park.) My shop is fully equipped but I only manage to get there about 4 hours a week due to my favorite job; being a daddy to my precious 2 year old girl.
I like 18th century furniture...I have a list of pieces I still want to make for myself...but I also want to do so much more. I'm of the firm belief that a complete woodworker should do some designs of his own. I also want to dabble in non furniture, flintlock rifles, war clubs, and some tool making (infill planes) lure making...what have I left out.
I'm trying to get my daughter to get a job so I should have more time in my shop. We'll see.
Greetings to all,