My name is Jordan, i’m 29 years old, I live in southern New Brunswick, and I just joined LJ’s.
I grew up around tools and wood my whole life, my parents have been flipping houses since I could barely walk. I’ve gone from being dad’s ‘gopher’ for tools and materials such as the ‘square bit or plus sign bit’, up to framing additions and fully renovating my own house. It’s safe to say that I can just about build an entire house by myself, ask me to cut a dovetail joint, and it would take me longer than building a house and still wouldn’t fit right.
A couple of years ago, I came across a picture at my grandmothers, it was of my grandfather and I sitting in his wood shop.The memories of the shop started coming back to me, and as an adult now, my view of the shop is totally different and my appreciation for it now is overwhelming. It was an old outbuilding back in the woods behind their house, the siding was live edge planks my grandfather had cut himself, with an oak door he had also made himself. To this day I can still remember the smell of fresh cut wood when I first walk in from whatever project he had on the go. old tools and jigs hung on the wall, a genorous covering of sawdust and wood chips on the plank board floor. His forte was clocks, from grandfather clocks, to small table top clocks, anything I learned to tell time on as a kid, was made by my grandfather.
So, I started tinkering in my own shop, grabbing pine scraps I had left over from trimming windows, making a box (straight butt joint and an air nail). And that was the end of my life as i knew it, I WAS HOOKED. I started reading about woodworking, watching videos, just scrolling through 100’s of google images getting ideas for projects. since that day, I’ve made night tables with singer sewing machine bases with solid oak tops, new maple table top for a hall table, and a few cutting boards with maple and bilinga wood, among other small things.
I wanted to start this blog to document my journey into woodworking, and hopefully if I have kids, be able to pass on what ive learned if they develop an interest in wood.
So, If you’re still reading, thanks, and please give me as much feedback and advice good, or bad, nice, or nasty, I have thick skin and I’m always trying to better myself in this art. Thanks