Grandkids. Ain’t it funny how that one word can have such an effect on your woodowrking hobby? I went into this evening with one granddaughter and one big project to complete before the end of summer. With an annoucement, tonight from my dau...
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Location: Kansas City, Missouri
I rediscovered woodworking about 9 years ago thanks to a rainy Saturday and Norm Abrams. I was bitten by the bug and have not slowed down since. It took me a while to build up my tools. I had what I need to work on "old" cars but nothing for woodworking. My wife has been very understanding thru all the turns my new hobby has taken me. I hadn't made anything out of wood since 7th grade woodshop with Mr Grun.
In the years since I have done much to expand my knowledge but I'm still some where between a beginner and intermediate in my skills. For my 50th birthday, in September 2008, my wife gave me a week at the Kelly Mehler School of Woodworking in Berea, Ky. I got to take part in Christopher Schwarz's first class on building the Holtzapffel workbench. This was a great learning experience and I got a great workbench out of the deal.
About 4 years ago I found and then joined the Kansas City Woodworkers' Guild. It is made up of a bunch of great folks of all woodworking skill levels. And they are ready willing and able to share great amounts of knowledge. After a time as the newsletter editor, then Director of Communication, I have moved up to Vice-President of the Guild. I kind of jumped in head first. But I wouldn't change a thing as I made alot of good friends.
My wonderful wife has allowed me to build a shop, to persue my hobby, in our backyard. It is operational, but far from complete. I have insulation, walls, and heat to install before winter gets here. They can be kind of cold here in the Midwest and I don't want anything keeping me from my hobby.
I look forward to meeting new folks to share info with here at Lumberjocks.com.
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I was half drafted and half volunteered to build another Holtzapffel workbench. The Guild I belong to, The KAnsas City Woodworkers’ Guild, was in need of a workbench for presentations. With Marc Adams coming to town Dec. 4th, 5th, & 6th,...