Just how importain is this woodworking thing? When I started this woodworking gig I signed up at the local jr. college. I had a wonderful shop teacher, KenTriplett. Very dedicated, hard working fellow. Part of his program was to involve all his student in the VICA skills competition. Well I won for the state of idaho! ( ya well it was just the kids in my class and I already had construction experence) Then I was given the chance to go to nationals in Kansas City. As we were walking in the building we heard the news about a terrorist attack in the middle east. A part of me knew. It was the Kovar Towers in Saudi Arabia right where my little sister was on tour with the air force. I did ok in the competion figuring I was about 5Th or 6Th. Well I ended up taking third! I medaled! Always pays to do a good cut list! Well something kept me humble and greatful. My little sister, on the same day, came away with a purple heart and an accomidation for valor. She was a real hero. I cut a nice board. I’m always seeing a human story behind what we do here. Fathers and sons, Loving spouses, Real teachers, Mentors and it helps me to know my work is for the families who live in my kitchens everyday not just part of a construction factory line. That is the value in what I do! My sister is now in the army reserves home safe from another tour in Iraq. About to finish getting her teaching degree. One heck of a woman!
P.S. I came away with a bundle of tools!