I always hear about blog this and blog that, but have yet to ever post anything of my own. This is more of an experiment on my part than an attempt to develop a reader base. I am not quite sure anyone out there wants to read my ramblings about life and how woodworking fits into mine.
Well here it goes…
Taking the shop class in high school changed my life in many ways. First and foremost it developed in me a love of woodworking, the process that goes with it, and the feel of accomplishment when you finish building your first piece of furniture, step back smiling and think to yourself, did I really just build this? I still get that feeling when I finish a piece, but I will always remember my first, I think everyone remembers their first (mine happened to be an Adirondack chair made out of pressure treated lumber that sat in my backyard for a good 6-7 years before finally giving out, not a bad life span for a first piece).
During this same time I also took an AP Computer Science class (much easier than it actually sounds) and this introduced me to the other side of the spectrum and the money potential that comes with it. Regretfully I now, still only 23, sit at a desk (a boring cubicle type, not even a nice arts and craft style like this ) here in SW Virginia staring at a computer screen all day while trying to save enough to pay off the student loans (big mistake getting those) and waiting for the weekend to arrive when I drive out to the country (Floyd, VA) to work with a great group of craftsman. These guys are amazing, they run the whole gamut (sp?) from dropping the tree in your front yard, milling it in theirs, air drying the wood for years, to fine tuning those pieces of wood so that they can then sell it back to you as a piece of elegant furniture that your family will enjoy for years to come…
This is the first entry in this blog-o-random-thoughts of mine and hopefully my writing style will continue to improve and eventually be somewhat tolerable by the majority of you guys (I have be told by Obi that “yall” is not acceptable for this site, so it has been changed to “you guys” for you yanks… haha).
Hope all goes well in the shop for you and appreciate your stopping by.
Signing off – BenZ
-- E.B.Z. Virginia