I am recently retired. I had three separate and distinct careers. I was an administrator for Indiana University, i was a manager of our city’s most productive real estate firm, an for the past fourteen years I was the CEO of a Community Foundation. I retired in August of 2012. I am married to this gorgeous creature
Well, they are both gorgeous.
I started woodworking when I was 30 or so and built a lot of furniture in a pretty well equipped power tool shop. I got to the place that folks were commissioning pieces. I was never comfortable with that. I prefer to build something, and if you like it, buy it. I don’t want to get most of the way through a project and have someone say ” oh , I wanted …....”
A dozen years ago, I got divorced, moved away from my shop, and all my stuff was crated up.fast forward to may of 2012. I was drawn back to the shop by the lure of the wood. For. Lo of reasons, I decided that it would be quite different this time. I am a hand tool woodworker now. I got rid of almost all my power tools. I did keep a small planer and a band saw. I do not use them very much. I am finding the learning curve a little challenging, but I am having a wonderful time. I belong to the Wabash Valley Woodworkers Guild. I am taking on line classes from Paul Sellers have just about got my new shop set up to my liking. It is in my basement. My interests in furniture are Shaker and Arts and Crafts pieces and Appalachian and Windsor Chairs. i am intrigued by Peter Follansbee’s work, although. Lot of 18th century carving is too ” busy” for my tastes
I am a flawed but forgiven follower of Jesus Christ, and the step dad of three amazing young adults. I won’t post much more personal stuff apart from the shop. I have a very long list of projects that I want to do. I may be asking for your help.
Always keep what you want to keep behind the cutter.
-- Ron in Kokomo