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Location: Maui, Hawaii
I'm a husband, father, and grandfather. I'm also a guy who has recently found a deep and profound passion for woodcraft... or rather, I should say that the passion has been there since my childhood, and is just now surfacing. In my youth, I spent many hours with my father who was always building something. We didn't have much in the way of finances, so my dad built just about everything he could, from fences to furniture, and even some of the homes we lived in. He was a carpenter by trade, and a craftsman at heart. A couple years ago, I decided to make something for my daughter who really liked the Harry Potter books and movies, so I carved the "Elder Wand" for her out of a piece of oak left over from a closet shelf I installed (using the only woodworking tool I had, which was a pocket knife). The wand was a hit with my daughter, and many of her friends.
Fast forward almost two years, and toss in a move from a crowded city neighborhood in California to rual Haiku, Hawaii on the island of Maui, a now very slim wallet, and the need to DIY, and I've come full circle. I've foumd myself saying "I can make that" and a gate, or shelf, or table is born. Armed with a few woodworking tools (including my trusty pocket kmife), I can hear my father's voice as I work... "with the grain", "let the saw do the work", "measure again", "take your time"... the memories flood in.
I would like to say that those lessons from my dad are producing some fine woodcraft, but not yet. I've mostly been making little pieces of wood out of big pieces of wood, but my mind and heart are set. I've found my heart's home here in Hawaii, and even more so when I'm in the workshop. I've spent the last 25 years of my life working with technology (still am), but now plan on doing whatever it takes to make the transation to woodworking full time... someday.
I'm very happy to have foumd LJ, and have spent many hours looking through projects that have been posted. I am inspired and amazed, and hope to be adding my own projects soon.
-- W. Muse, Maui Hawaii
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