So to get started, my name is Kenny and I'll be 30 this month (September 25, 2011). I live in Maine, but grew up in New Hampshire.
I guess I'm just your average woodworker, trying to learn all that I can. I've been dabbling in wood for a bit over a decade, but only really got serious about 2 years ago, maybe a bit longer. I was pretty depressed at the time, and having hurt my back, I was no longer able to do a lot of things I could before, and I was trying to find something I could do that didn't cause me more pain. In my search, I found woodwork.
Now, I eat, sleep and breath woodwork, it's most all I think about and is the majority of what I do. I still ride my mountain bike a bit, take out my canoe and go fishing, and I have a few other hobbies as well, but mainly, I'm all about wood. And honestly, I love the stuff. I've never been so happy as I have since I really got into woodwork. My girlfriend says I seem a lot happier, and I feel much more complete and satisfied with my life. So, I guess it's been a really good thing that I found woodwork, as most all of my life has improved since.
I'm actually trying to get my website up and running at this point, which is taking a lot of time and effort, but it's getting there! I just want to showcase my work for now, but I hope to eventually sell my work there.
I really feel I have found my calling in turning. I had never really done any serious turning until I bought my first lathe a bit over a year ago, and I immediately fell in love.
I still do some woodworking, but turning takes up the majority of my shop time.
I'm hoping to someday make my living from wood, more likely than not wood-turning. But that is probably going to take a while, as most all of you know, it's not something that happens over-nite for sure!
I have attended a few craft shows, selling some of my turned bowls and pens, along with some small keep-sake boxes, jewelery boxes and a "electronics charging cabinet" I came up with to store and charge cell-phones, IPod's and all the other gizmo's that people use today. I have done pretty well at most shows, usually only having a box or two and a few pens to take home afterward, and most people really seem to like the style of my pieces, which really makes me feel good.
So, I guess that's me in a nut-shell. I may add more later on.
I do look forward to meeting you all, posting with you, learning from you, and maybe even teaching someone something.