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Location: Crossford, Fife, Scotland
I am 61 years young married with three children a son and two daughters and one grandchild, Steven, Melanie and Laura and the newest arrival to the Graham family my grandson Hayden. i retired a year passed April 2008 as an electrical engineer and clerk of works for health reasons, I was planning on retirement and had been collecting woodworking tools and machines to set up a small workshop in my double garage approximately 36m sq, will post photos if i pluck up the courage probably not the best laid out workshop.
I have always had an interest in working with wood, mostly buying houses tearing them to bits rebuilding them just how my dear wife Carol-Anne of 39 years liked, then we move and start all over again,my wife complains she has lived on a building site for nearly 40 years but this is our final move after my latert project 80 m sq addition to our cottage "Hazelwood".
When I left school I wanted to be a carpenter but I was given a card to go as an apprentice electrician, you did not question adult decisions in these times, when my time was out I spent the next 25 yrs in maintenance within the Health Service, working my to become an Estates Officer, then 12yrs within the Education sector, finally closing off my employment in the private sector as consulting engineer / clerk of works.
Since retirement I have enrolled in a cabinet making and furniture restoration course which is full time 3 days a week over two yrs, the class has mixture of ages from school leavers to coffin dodgers like myself which throws up some interesting challenges for the tutors, because of my life experienes and staff shortages at the college as a mature student the young ones approach myself and others for help and advice, which I find very rewarding, not all the young are bad.
As for my projects I have not managed to make a great deal yet due to external matrimonial pressures from my beloved, only two mirror frames, one contempoary, one mission style, the current project an "oak bookcase with 4 drawers and 3 adjustable shelves", a wedding gift for my eldest daughter Melanie, based on her description and my design, I will need to get a move on the wedding is 21 August this year.
Hope to start some serious work after the wedding and our trip to the big apple, anyone know of any good tool shops in NY city? I just cant help myself I blame the medication ha! ha!.
Awe-Ra-Best to all fellow lumberjocks.
-- Bill,Bonnie Scotland
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