When my wife and I relocated from Southern Ontario to the West Coast of British Columbia, we (by-and-large) left cold and snowy winters behind us. While it was easy to adjust to a more temperate, albeit wetter, climate, the occasional coastal win...
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Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Some years ago, I was stranded (snowed in) on a business trip to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. To kill the extra time I went in search of a book or magazine. I happened to pick up a woodworking magazine, something I had not done in years. Flipping through it, I was amazed at how far tools had come since the days I watched my Dad build things as a kid. As a technology professional, I was quite enthused by how "high tech" many machines and tools had become. Having my own place, I just had to build out a shop and fill it with good quality machines, power and hand tools.
While a shop is never "done" I do have most of the equipment to build almost anything I want. I love the design aspect (my mechanical engineering background coming through) and working with my hands (versus working my brain constantly in the technology / consulting profession). Time just dissappears when you are doing something you enjoy and have the right tools to do it.
Like many woodworkers, I am a big fan of the dedicated woodworking outlets and had the good fortune to put together and deliver a Lee Valley course on "Planning and Setting Up a Workshop."
My favourite woodworking quote, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me." by Tony Konovaloff, Professional Cabinetmaker.
Lastly, yes, I am a 12th Generation Mayflower Descendant (of George Soule, passenger on the Mayflower, 1620). Up to, and including, my grandfather were born in the USA. My grandfather came to Canada in WWI. Originally from Southern Ontario, I relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1997.
-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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