I just thought I’d start a blog about my experiences on this journey we are constantly on of getting our woodworking education. (As I write this entry I’m sitting in the car, in the parking lot of a Del Taco restaurant, in Indio, California.)
I am at a crucial crossroads in my life right now; I’ve recently gotten married, I don’t have much school done, and I need to choose a career to support my wife and I as well as our future children… As I have pondered over the course of my 27 year old life I have had many ideas of what I could be “when I grow up”. I’ve thought about becoming a dentist, a veterinarian, an opthalmologist, and other “worthwhile professions”. But as I try to imagine myself in any of those careers I just don’t feel right about them.
Long story short, I want to be a furniture designer and craftsman. Although there are people that will think I’m crazy for attempting this and it is sure to be a difficult path, I feel that I can really dedicate myself to it and somehow find a way to make it successful.
I am somewhat of a novice woodworker so to get a jump on my education I am looking into enrolling in a full-time furniture craftsmanship program. In a couple hours from now I will be meeting with some of the staff over at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, California to talk about thier facility. My plan it to see if their program will be a good fit for me.
Ive got several questions for them myself but if you all can post a reply to this blog entry in the next few hours I’m sure that I can ask them a question that you might have as well.
Well, i’d better get back on the road, the Del Taco employees are probably getting suspicious…
I’ll let you all know how it went after I take a tour of Palomar’s facility and talk to the staff.
-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (http://www.azwoodshop.com)