Building ‘stuff’ has always been in my blood. Whether it was a small project that I probably could have bought something for cheaper, or the undertaking of building a shed with no prior framing or construction experience. I’ve always had a drive to construct, build, assemble, and create.
It started when I was just a kid. I remember when my best friend and I would sit for hours trying to build some new contraption that we deemed necessary for that days activities. We even tried to make our own concrete at one point because we were assured in our minds and by each other that we could come up with a new substance that would be indestructible. We’d fill some container with gravel and some kind of auto body putty (from his Dad’s business) and use some other various ingredients we’d find that were sure to boost the strength. The mix would be left outside over night and as soon as our Mom’s would let us out of the house we’d run out to check to see how everything had hardened up…it usually didn’t. The point is we would throw ourselves into projects and ideas with a focus and vigor that is hard to find in most adults and I am fairly certain that it is because of our adventures in creation as children that I enjoy the hobbies I do today.
Woodworking and Barbeque.
Really they are related quite nicely and compliment each other well. Both use wood, though in completely different manners. One puts wood on a pedestal for everyone to view and admire VISUALLY, taking in the tree rings in the form of a grain pattern that took years to grow, pondering the origin of a knot or a curve in that same grain. The other, while holding it in the same regard, treats the wood quite differently and allows the consumer to TASTE the properties of wood by the way of the smoke that it creates on its way to ash.
I figure these topics are pretty apropos for the crowd that’s gathered here and I hope you like this and the entries still to come.