Shop Class #1: Welcome and Thank You

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Blog entry by Tooldads_apprentice posted 08-26-2008 04:34 AM 939 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Three years ago, I had no idea how to use a power drill. I took a shop class at my high school and it has trully changed my life. I know that sounds very overdramatic, but it is the truth. In the past two years I have learned a lot about wood working, but I still have a long way to go. Most of everything I know about wood working has came from my teacher. I am very glad that I ended up with him because if I would have not been into this as much as I am now. I have to thank him here because through him I have found a career that I want to push for and I have a hobby that I really love. I am glad to continue with this trade. I hope your not to flattered, but I say THANK YOU!!!

-- Your not a true woodworker until you blow your nose and saw dust comes out! (WoodWorker Rule)

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#1 posted 08-26-2008 04:45 AM

Wood working skills passed form teacher to student creates a bond that lasts a lifetime. When in high school, I took the building construction vocational course. Although my career took a much different track, I still love wood working and I still see that high school teacher on a regular basis.

Always make him a “wooden” Christmas present (going on 45 years, now).


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-26-2008 04:56 AM

Thats kinda funny because I want to take the constructon class but there wasnt enough students!

-- Your not a true woodworker until you blow your nose and saw dust comes out! (WoodWorker Rule)

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#3 posted 08-26-2008 05:58 AM

welcome to LJ’s…my return to wood working a couple years ago came from a looooooong ago memory of loving woodworking in middle school…it was 25 ++ years ago…but I still remember my teacher…now I am a teacher…and although its history and psychology…the lessons of having fun, while teaching some skills and just being a genuine person…that was probably what I learned from him as much as the woodworking…

so glad you had a good experience…and that a career path is now before you…though it may change…see where it leads…good luck!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 08-26-2008 03:28 PM

I remember Shop Class also. There were students there that felt it a free pass to a grade and didn’t require any work. But I enjoyed. I don’t know where my projects went. I made a bookcase and gave it to my parents.

I live 1000 miles away now and when they passed away I guess the furniture went the garage sale route.

I hope my current project have a better life.

Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 08-26-2008 07:18 PM

I loved wood shop in Jr. high, and it took me another 20 years to get a house, and begin building a shop of my own. If I can offer any advice it would be learn from as many different people as you can, and even more importantly TRY NEW THINGS. Who knows, you could come up with something completely new that you can pass on to all of us.

Best of luck, and Welcome.

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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