This interview with Grumpy is from the July, 2013 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag.
Both Grumpy and I thought that we had done this before but we couldn’t find it anywhere … so here we go (again?)
1. How did you first get started working with wood?
My father was a builder and was away a lot when I was young. He had a big shed with lots of tools in it so as a boy I had access to lots of woodworking gear. Didn’t know what most of them did at that stage but had a lot of fun learning.
2. What was it about woodworking that initially caught your interest, enticing you to get into it at the level you are now?
I worked in a local sawmill (lumber mill) during my school holidays where I saw lots of different timber types and noticed the beauty of timber and the potential for making things from wood.
3. Tell us a bit of history of your journey from that beginning to where you are today
After those early days and being married with children things were financially tight as many would remember during the 70’s. So there was a need to make things rather than buy them. I made a bedroom suite, coffee tables, pantry cupboards, pool table and lots of household items.
My skills developed as I went along & I had a weekend job with a friend who was a carpenter, so further polishing of those skills came about.
4. What inspires you regarding wood creations?
Without question Lumberjocks has been a great inspiration to me. The many and varied projects & tutorials have been of enormous benefit.
I travel a bit locally & overseas and there are many things I come across that inspire me to make or modify something I have seen along the way.
5. What are the greatest challenges that you have met along the way? (and how did you overcome them)
6. What is the greatest reward that you have received from woodworking? (personal or tangible)
Just the thanks from the receiver is good enough for me. I don’t make anything for financial return. Luckily these days I don’t need to.
7. What is your favourite tool that you use for woodworking?
That is a hard one. I guess the one I would miss the most is the tablesaw, or perhaps the bandsaw, or maybe the wood lathe. LOL
8. What is your favourite creation in/for your woodworking?
It has varied over the years. These days I get great pleasure in making gifts of small items that show the natural beauty of wood.
9. What tips would you give to someone just starting out or currently struggling with woodworking?
Never think of it as a chore.
Only do it when you feel like it.
Take your time and if you bugger it up just do it better the next time and learn from the experience.
Never say it can’t be done unless you try
Finally, wear eye and ear protection and dress for safety.
10. How did you find LumberJocks and what is it that keeps you coming back?
I found LJ’s just by chance surfing the net for a project and never looked back since.
I keep coming back to add more pictures to my ‘Interesting Trees’ blog. LOL
But seriously I have made many friends on LJ’s and have learned a lot from the experience.
Thanks (again?) Grumpy for taking the time to do this interview!
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)