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Location: San Diego, CA
I'm a 58 year old family man. Happily married for 25 years. My wife and 2 daughters keep me pretty busy, but I always seem to find time to be in the shop.
I started woodworking in the early 70's. I was an avid guitar player and got interest in building my own instruments. I discovered a local Luthier here in San Diego who was looking for someone to do repair work as sort of an apprenticeship. I eagerly accepted and worked there for about 6 months while attending college. It was an incredible experience.
Once out of college my woodworking took a back seat while my career took precedence and I worked for a number of engineering firms doing printed circuit design. Currently, I work for Qualcomm in San Diego designing PCB's in support of our chip set development for wireless communications.
A couple of years ago I discovered on the web a gentleman name Clayton Boyer, who has designed and sells plans for a number of beautiful wooden works clocks. His site rekindled my desire to get back into woodworking. I built a couple of his designs, and in my research discovered a number of people who also build clocks from Brass. So, I figured, if I can make it out of wood why not try metal. A few thousand dollars later, I've got a metal lathe and mill and am deep into creating tooling to build a brass skeleton clock. That project consumed about 18 months. Not what I originally thought, however, it's an incredible piece of machinery which will get passed on to my children and hopefully they will appreciate it as much as I do having built it.
-- Bob, San Diego, http://garageshopconfessions.com
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