I was 22 years old in 1976. I was in college to get a teaching degree and at the same time also attending the Maine school of Guitar making (luthiery). For the next few years I made guitars and sold them to college students. I finished about 20 of them. When I graduated from college I had to live out of state and after two years of that got married. Work and family took me away from the smell of brazilian rosewood and sitka spruce.
Move ahead to 2008. I’m back in Maine at the old family home where I started. My tools, stored in barrels and boxes are pretty rusty. Drawknives and planes need reworking. My power tools are circa 1970’s mostly. Bandsaws, and belt sanders. I’ve torn down a wall and expanded my workshop to about 25ftx25ft. It’s sheet rocked, painted, and spiffied up. Right now I’m enjoying just assembling the shop. I’ll take some pictures and post them soon.
The net has been a great help with sites like LJ’s to give ideas and show how to do things. I’ve picked up a smartsharp and it has greatly eased my ability to get my old chisels and plane blades back up to speed.
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.