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Blog entry by Brian Brace Fine Furniture Maker posted 07-15-2012 02:10 PM 1761 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It will start by saying that am new at this whole blog thing and I am working at it so I can get better.It is kind of something that I am starting to enjoy and, it takes some of the normal life stress stuff and helps put it a side for a little which I think we all need to do somehow every day. I started my woodworking July 5th 1995 (17 years ago) in Wells Vermont .I was 16 years old and already had a passion for constructing things with my Dad and even building a 3 story club house from scratch with my best friend and next store neighbor. My family was building a garage that spring break and I worked with the carpenter who my dad had hired and I would do things to help. He offered me a job when school got out for the summer but, it did not work out. So I continued my look for a full time job that summer and there was this guy named William Laberge who I played men’s League basketball in our town who I asked if he needed any help for the summer or even longer. It took a little bit but ,he said why don’t you stop by.( it only took about a year of asking him!)
Bill Laberge was a local furniture maker that had been building furniture for about 10 years. We talked and he said that he had to look into things a little more because I was only 16 years old. But , in the mean time why don’t you come out in the barn with me because I do have a few things that you can help me with. I followed him in the barn and there was 16 gallons of paint waiting there for me! He said I am going to have you paint the outside of the shop for me while we wait to here from the state. ( Great!!! Me and painting do not get along very well.)
Well I worked painting for about 2 weeks and the guys from the state of Vermont came by and we worked with my parents,my high school, my vocational school,the state of Vermont and my soon to be boss and set up set up a 8000 hour apprenticeship CERTIFIED through the state of Vermont.
After I signed the paperwork my boss turned to me and said “would you like to do some work in the shop now. And all of that painting was just a test”. And my journey began all while still in high school. I started working that summer and went into 11th grade that fall.

-- Brian Brace Fine Furniture Maker,Blk Mt NC

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 02:31 PM

Great story! Almost a “wax on wax off”. The ametuer/apprentice says “when will it be finished?” The Master knows “It is never finished. It just takes on new forms.” LOL! Good fortune in your design and crafting journey.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 02:32 PM

Oh yeah, I’m envious. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 02:55 PM

I look forward to reading your ramblings (blog). I admire you work. Your design, creativity & material choices are inspiring. I’m sure that your blog will be as interesting.

Let’s Go Mets

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 07-15-2012 07:05 PM

This should be n interesting story. I’m looking forward to your next chapter…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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