this is a a/s level project for school (to put it into perspective, im 16 for you over the pond)i know its knot wood but i wood like i for you lj to see,http://www.dailypost.co.uk/farming-north-wales/farming-news/2011/05/26/young-mid-wales-farmer-...
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Location: mid wales, uk
hi there folks
i dont claim to be a master, can any 18 year old claim that. i am just a young woodworker who has been close to the craft my whole life. as the youngest of 3 children, my family was 'forced' move house for room, as a farming family, it made sense to built on our land, therefore for the first year of my life, i lived on a building site. further more, my retired grandfather was a semi pro wood worker, and pro gadget man. with his workshop full of the best tools money could buy, he filled the newly built house with projects, oak paneling for the lounge, full wall bookshelf. and also built paneled doors and made our whole kitchen, as well as a massive 10' x 4' beech table. i was very lucky to be able to 'over look' and 'help' him do this for the first 3 years of my life (as many a picture shows). sadly he passed away shortly after, leaving a workshop full of tools, and no-one in the family, but me, passionate for woodworking. but what parents allow a 8 year old kid lose on a shaper, 20" bandsaw, radial arm, 20" planer thickener run on a diesel engine on their own? none. so the wood running through my blood was put on hold.
luckily my other grandfather, a farmer, is a dab hand at anything, and will try his hand at anything, be it plumbing, electrics, mecaniching, metal work, and luckily for me, wood work. so all my weekends were spent helping out on the farm and learning all the while, now he is all self taught, so ome techniques are interesting to say the least, but this fuelled some of my deep need for wood.
later on in life, my late teens, and a important choice needs to be made, a career choice. now i would love to of been able to go to collage and become a carpenter/ master craftsman. but in the uk, the wage of a carpenter is very low compared to most wages, so this wasn't really a option for a gadget freak like me( yes, like my grandfather). so i chose the designer life, i am currently studying furniture design at sheffield hallam university, and loving it. it is a very hands on corse, wich is perfect for me. i actually think that the part of the brain used for studying for exams for normal people, is filled with "wood instinct" i find most practical work much easier than everyone around me seem to. and building prototypes of designs takes me the 10th of the time than it does for the other students.
soo what about wood work? well my holidays are now spen all in my workshop, (part of a cow shed filled with my grandfathers old power tools, sadly his timber framed workshop collapsed after 10 years on neglect in welsh weather) starting with small projects, i have now managed to develop a number a commissions and costumers. but sadly, not enough time. better that way i suppose.
-- “Woodworkers are only thieves of each other’s ideas.”
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