I grew up loving the smell of sawdust! My Great Uncle John Rutherford had a woodworking shop and a huge garden. I remember sitting and watching him turning stairway spindles for hours…and he did it all by hand without a duplicator! That was over 45 years ago! My Dad was also a woodworker. He built my bedroom suite and numerous pieces of doll furniture. He put beautiful pine panelling in the home I grew up in and remodeled a home that was originally built by a civil war veteran named Hezachia McDaniel in Thomaston, GA. That is where he made his home for 43 years. My Dad passed away last year and I inherited his home and workshop….now it’s my turn!
Up until two months ago I had no idea how to use a powertool. The classes offered at Woodcrafters have really been fun and great information. The instructors are all woodworkers and love what they do. I am now skilled enough to use the Mac-Daddy Saw Stop Table Saw, a band saw, drill press, jointer, planer, compound miter saw and the router. The turning classes have been my favorite!
OK…I have taken every class offered in the past 2 months, but the safety issues have been addressed and the hands on classes really let you know you have learned what has been taught. Skill saw class is this coming Sunday! Next step is to join the local clubs and guilds so I can make more friends! I learn so much just listening to the conversations around me.
I am learning that woodworkers are quite a special community. I attended all three days of the Woodworking Show that was recently in Atlanta and noticed that there weren’t very many women there. I have not been the only woman in any of my classes though and it has been wonderful making new friends. Everyone is so friendly and helpful on this website and in the classes. I am so happy to have joined this community!
I have an eight year old granddaughter and I hope she will “catch” my passion for woodworking. She is already quite the little artist!
The “remodel” of the woodworking studio should be finished in the next 2 weeks. I can’t wait to be able to make sawdust from daylight to dark!
-- Anne, Georgia Gal, New to Woodworking!