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Blog entry by Chris Mobley posted 02-20-2013 01:48 PM 1234 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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



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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 02:55 PM

Nice tribute to your mentors, and nice summary of your personal journey—a trip that appears to have been and continues to be very rewarding.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 03:50 PM

Thanks for the story. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 02-20-2013 04:48 PM

I had a similar experience 50 some years ago with a wood shop teacher named Mr. Roberts. I don’t think he knew how much he influenced me but he did. Thanks for sharing your story with us and posting this nice tribute.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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