Thursday, August 27, 2009 The First Day of School
I don’t think I slept the night before the first day of Woodworking School. I had been waiting five years to do this, now it was actually going to happen. Maybe I was worried about going to school again after all these years, or I might just have been excited about the next phase of life. How many of us dream about the day we can do the things we want? My day to do that very thing has finally happened.
To go back a few years five to be exact, I started on this road by buying a table saw at Home Depot just to see if this was something I might want to do for retirement. Of course my wife said to not touch this saw until you take a safely class, a safety class where will I find one of those. Fortunately for me Palomar College in San Marcos, CA offered a Saturday safety class for the table saw. After talking the class I took other Saturday classes, the Band saw class and the Dovetail class and soon after I was hooked and wanted to take the ”real woodworking classes”. My job required traveling so I was never able to take the “Fundamental of Woodworking” the 100 class the basis for all future woodworking.
Well now you know what this blog will be about…the basic woodworking class CFT 100 many people want to take or already have taken. I wanted a way to share my excitement and learning experience and to offer insight to those who want to take the class and just can’t make it happen. All for good reasons, like time, money and or location. I will be sharing all the things we learn and do in the class. I hope to create interest in woodworking like others have done for me. Like the woodwhisperer and tom’s workbench to mention two that have inspired me. I was not aware of Lumberjocks Site until Wed of this week. I have already been going to school and documenting my classes. Now I can make this blog available to the audience I have been looking for.
So sharpen your pencils or “chisels” and start the school year with excitement and the same wonder that happened years ago only now it will be fun, I think: do we have to take tests?
-- Woodworker in Progress, Oceanside CA