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Location: Marshfield, WI
My woodworking story so far:
The summer of 2008 I needed a file cabinet to store a bunch of papers. I went to an office supply store, bought the nicest wood file cabinet they had, which had to be assembled. I put it together and then realized how cheaply store-boughten furniture could be. Wood cracks, finish splits, "factory made", extremely cheap. I vowed then to get into woodworking and make a file cabinet.
The winter of 2008/2009 my dads shop became more available. He had his own business building airplane wings for about 10 years and wanted to do something different. I took this opportunity to start my adventure in woodworking. I poured into the field. Subscribed to 3 woodworking magazines, purchased books, scoured the internet for everything I could find. As I was researching I found almost every peice that I enjoyed focused around the Arts & Crafts or mission style. I didnt realize it at first, but after making a couple of beginner projects, I realized that this is the style that I love. "Simple" designs (not simple to construct though!), straight lines, lack of "decorations", and the such.
Starting with a couple smaller projects that first winter (mirror frames, coat racks), I eventually worked my way up to larger construction the following winter (bookcases, tables, dresser, & bedframe). When summer comes my desire for woodworking drops way down as there are many many things to do outside in Wisconsin summers.
Every project I've built has been an adventure. I've learned many, many things from my "mistakes" and turned that into great knowledge. I hope to continue this for years, and make furniture that will last generations!
I did get that file cabinet completed the first winter as well! It is a real peice of furniture!
-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI