Beginnings #1: Starting Out

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Blog entry by Knot_Board_At_Awl posted 10-16-2011 04:04 PM 857 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve always been fascinated with woodworking since I was a kid but I never really had an opportunity to get into it – school, traveling, or just not having a shop or space to call my own. Growing up, most of my wood related experience was house building with my Dad and doing some odd little projects – nothing that really showcased what I expected out of woodworking.

Now that I’m grown up and have a place of my own, I can start building up the knowledge, the tools, and eventually the experience that will inventively get me to where I want to be. Unfortunately it will have to wait a bit longer as all my previous “experience” is currently needed to finish remodeling my house. It will pretty much be a complete rebuild by the time I’m done! Good thing I will be able to use some of the tools I have acquired over the past couple of years. The table saw is definitely a life saver when making up your own exterior window sills and trim. I almost seem to be taking pride in making my trim assemblies as everything goes together perfectly!

So how did I get here on Lumberjocks? An interesting story. On a recent flight from Chicago back home to Vancouver, I was sitting in a row at the window seat with a gentleman in the isle seat and no one between us. It was nice to have the extra room and privacy, but after a while we started chatting and soon realized that we lived only a few blocks from each other! We bantered back and forth on various subjects and stories about our past and after an hour or two, the topic of woodworking came up. This guy had some interesting projects and of course he had showcased them on a site called Lumberjocks. I had come across the site a number of years back but completely forgot about it until he wrote it down with his contact info.

So a big thanks to Mayflower Descendant for reminding me about this great place! I hope that once I complete the daunting task of home renovations, my shop will finally be rid of all the dreaded reno materials that plague my workshop space and I can finally start having some real fun!

-- Mike -- Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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