How it All Began!
My love for woodworking began with my father. When I was young, my dad had a workshop that I would always sit and watch him work. He was a man of few words, but I enjoyed watching him work. I don’t remember exactly what my first project was, but at around age 13, I remember asking my father if I could use his saw for the first time. I remember his response being “Sure, just don’t hurt yourself.”
I have great memories of just hanging out in the workshop. A lot of the time, I was just coming up with new things to create. One of my first big projects was a bookshelf for my brother David. It was horrible looking, but it was mine, and I was proud. In high school, I took wood shop, but it was very different than your typical wood working classes in high school now. Those of us in the class would leave school every day and go to a trade school. They had several different programs such as machine shop, auto mechanic, auto body, technical classes and woodworking. I had a great teacher who I looked up to greatly, we called him Coach Wieseman.
Mr. Bill Wieseman played football for the University of Alabama under Coach Paul (Bear) Bryant. He went on to be a high school football coach at Huntsville High. Eventually, I had him as my teacher in my woodworking class. He taught me many things about woodworking and about life. I looked up to him in so many ways. Coach Wieseman was inducted into the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 for Football. If I could talk to him now, I would thank him for all of the lessons.
I took this woodworking class for three years during high school and my senior year, I had the opportunity to do student teaching and I began teaching the class to younger peers. I really enjoyed teaching and mentoring to others. I had a passion for creating things out of wood and it was great to help others develop this passion in them as well.
Woodworking has always been a part of my life. After high school, I began building decks and carports for people on the side for extra money. As I got older and moved to Texas, I stated my own business of building decks, carports, garages, outdoor kitchens, etc.
Now, all of my free time is spent in my workshop thinking up and creating new projects.
Here is a link for more information on Coach Wieseman. http://www.hmcahof.com/inductee_alphabetical.php?myindex=196
-- Chris Mobley - http://www.cmobleydesigns.com