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Location: Sierra Madre, CA
I grew up in Sacramento and Minneapolis with a father who built and recovered furniture for a living. Still does in fact. And he is damn good!
Did I learn anything about the trade in my 18 years living in his house?
So little that I could count them on one hand - but as I grow older I realize how important those things are. Pride in what you do for one. Taking inspiration from from is around you. Unfortunately the one about not rushing a project is still being learnt. But I know to keep my thumbs away from the business end of a commercial sewing machine needle - that one I will NEVER forget!
Anyhow, as someone who has recently turned 40 these lessons and philosophies are only just beginning to make sense. Do I wish I could go back and really grok how it is he can turn a pile of lumber into a couch? Or whittle a captured ball in a box on a chain with a little man standing on top from a single piece of wood? Or how he managed to make what I now recognize as perfect miter cuts with a hand saw and a machinist's vice? Or any number of things like this?
You bet I do.
I hope to fly him out to L.A. soon so we can spend some time catching up. I can show off what I have taught myself and make sure he understands why it is I am interested in this woodworking thing in the first place. Without him, I wonder if I would have found it at all.
And maybe he will build me a couch!
-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson
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