As I approached 40 years old, I realized that I had always had an obsession but wasn’t acknowledging it or giving it the attention it desires. I love to make things.
Over a decade ago, this began with metal working. Initially completely by hand, then a small milling machine. From there I began working with plastics, designing assemblies, making parts of metal or molding them from plastic. This went on for a few years.
About three years ago, I began showing interest in wood. This was at first fairly rough stuff, simple carpentry and the like. Then the inevitable collection of tools started. Mostly smaller tools, lots of it Festool and Makita then slowly into larger things such as a belt sander, band saw, etc. The next large tools will be a jointer/planer and a CNC milling machine.
My designs tend to be one offs by myself, obviously influenced by everything I see and like. I love Japanese woodworking and their designs have had a strong influence. I have never made anything from a plan because I wouldn’t enjoy it. I don’t worry if my designs are good enough. I just keep moving ahead. The design and discovery are a large part of this for me. I don’t mind making many mistakes. I will keep at it until I decide that’s the wrong direction or I am happy with what I have.
The projects are all over the place.
A door for my kid’s playhouse (and the playhouse itself):
Or a computer display stand. I am always making another of these, all unique:
Materials wise, I love pretty much all woods. My favorites though would be walnut, vertical grain douglas fir and bloodwood. I use ebony whenever I can, but it’s getting harder to find and of course is very expensive.