Originally from Upstate New York, I now live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
My grandfather taught me how to make candlesticks on the lathe when I was just a little duffer. If you glance through the pictures of my shop, you will see the lathe that belonged to him while he was alive. It was made to last forever...ah, the good ol' days!
For a short period of time after learning the lathe, I dabbled with sign-making using a router, and finally attempted projects on the scroll saw. The requests from friends started coming in from that point on and the scroll saw has since been my bff (best friend forever).
I was fortunate to be able to take a few classes at a WoodCraft store, before the only one near us (an hour away in Mobile, Alabama) closed. Loved that store! But boy, a dangerous place to learn anything new. When I took a pen-turning class there one day, I ended up driving home with a mini-lathe. (I come by that naturally, though...my dad does the same thing with trackhoes.)
Soon after moving to Mississippi, I tried an intarsia project I found in one of the woodworking magazines. The local military base also offered intarsia classes, so I spent many weekends just trying to "get it." Learning how to saw more accurately so all the pieces would fit wasn't so bad, but learning not to be so chicken when it came down to the sanding and shaping was difficult for me. On the positive side, with intarsia, it doesn't matter that I can't draw even a stick figure or paint an eyelash. I can let the wood provide the color details, and I work off of patterns that the more talented individuals draw. Visit my "Links" page to find intarsia artists whose work I admire.
Time to make some fresh sawdust!
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