So here goes. What to write about me? My dad was my biggest woodworking influence. I remember many saturdays spent hanging out in his workshop hammering nails into boards while he worked on a project, or playing in the sawdust under his radial arm saw. When he passed away 10 years ago my brother and I split the tools in his workshop. I took what I thought I might use and he took what he wanted. I got the radial arm saw! Of course I haven’t gotten around to moving it into my workshop yet. Most of the tools sat around and did nothing for years until last christmas.
I got the idea to make something for my wife for Christmas. She loves bracelets, but has a metal allergy that causes her to break out in a rash when she wears them for too long. So I thought “Why not make her a wooden bracelet”. I talked to my neighbour, who is a wood sculptor, and he gave me some wood and a push in the right direction. I used a metal bracelet that she had as a basis and made my first bracelet for her. She now has 2 different ones. My mother and mother in law both have one. I gave one to a friend for her birthday, and I made a small one for my 2 year old daughter. All in all the bracelets were a success. I’m even gonna have an article published in “Scroll saw wood working and crafts” in the spring about how to make them.
This of course got the sawdust pumping in my veins. I ripped down the workshop that was attached to my house and built a bigger one. I bought a bunch more tools and all kinds of different wood. Luckily I work for Canadian Tire(Hardware Retailer) and am able to buy tools at the damaged goods sales for next to nothing.
So the experiment in wood has been going for about a year. A few bracelets, keychains, pictures, and toys have come out of the shop and have been received with praise and admiration from the wife and friends and the people at the scrollsawers forum. But a new experiment is in the works thanks to my best friend putting an idea in my head. But that’s another story entirely.
-- Another one of Santa's elves, only taller.