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Location: Palm Desert, CA
One thing I am never short of is words, so I probably should try and keep this brief. My love of woodworking started at the ripe old age of four. My Dad let me pound some nails into a few scrap 2x4’s and I was hooked. Several months later, I decided all the kids in my neighborhood should experience the thrill of working with their hands as I had. So, being the “giver” that I am, I decided to hand out my Dad’s collection of tools to all the kids on my street. My friends and I had a tough time trying to figure out why they would not “Snap On” to anything, so we figured they were broken and they went into the trash can. To Clarify, Yes They Were, and Yes I Did. This was a very “Painful” lesson I learned, not sure getting a “time out” would have had the same effect.
I also was very intrigued by finishes and oil based paints before I was five, so much so that I painted my Uncle’s BRAND NEW Cadillac (29 days old to be exact). He came over to show it to my parents and he made the comment that he wished he had gotten the two-toned paint job instead. Well, me being that "giver", I had to try and fix the situation… Looking back I can say it was not my best paint job, but being I was only four years old, using a 4’ brush, and a gallon of some leaded oil based paint, I guess the outcome was about right. I still question who in the heck was keeping an eye on me back then, but several painful lessons were learned, to say the least. Every generation seems to say it, but growing up as a kid in the 70’s was nothing like today. However, I would not change one single thing if I could.
I have always loved buildings things and working with wood, but it has taken a back seat to pretty much everything else in life. Although my business is outside of the woodworking industry, we work closely with finish contractors and other craftsman on each project. These ongoing working relationships have kept me in close contact with the Contractors building kitchens, entertainment centers, custom furniture and a ton of custom homes. My favorite is still a 28,000 square foot home, with a glass floor in his office (so you could see the lake 28’ below you) and a $5,500,000 budget for the finished carpentry; a nightmare and a dream all wrapped into one job for that company. Just being on a job site like this allowed me to see numerous tricks and techniques by others. Of course remembering them all is another story.
I stumbled upon Lumberjocks one day while trying to find plans and ideas for a table saw cart I wanted to build. As I looked over all of the various projects and unique builds Members had posted, I knew I was here for the long haul.
I feel very fortunate that I am in a position to have this wonderful hobby and I will always do whatever I can to help others experience the same enjoyment, mental release and sense of accomplishment that I get working with wood.
My friends always question me where I find the time to be a "Top 250 Contributor" on homedepot.com. At times I do as well, but I really enjoy helping others out and sharing information I have learned along the way. In other words, I like to hear myself talk or type....
Don’t stress out on what you can’t control. Life is far too short, appreciate and enjoy every second of it.
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