Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
How did you get started in woodworking?

Carol - now in NC Nebraska
>This topic came up on another forum. I thought it such a good topic that I posted it here. I know lots of you through the Internet, some for years. It would be interesting to see how you got 'bitten'. I'll begin.

No real woodworking genes in my family. My grandfather (a dairy farmer) repaired broken furniture during the winter months for the extended family. His 'shop' was a windowless hut with a dirt floor, equipped with a few hand tools. He brought his glue-ups into the kitchen (huge room with a wood cooking stove).

When I am about 6-7 he set me to making 'pine curlie-ques' with a handplane. I finally filled an entire bucket, learning along the way to fettle the plane and plane perpendicular edges. Only tools were a vise, handplane, and try square. My work was validated when he took the bucket of plane shavings into the house and gave them to my grandmother for fire starters for her wood stove. The seed was planted.

Of course I grew up in the era that girls were not permitted to go to woodshop in school. But I collected cheap tools and muddled along with the help of Popular Mechanics magazine - mostly dreaming. I always got into big trouble using the tools given to my brothers who had little interest in using them. After school I started buying tools. What a help a woodworking forums would have been. But that was before you-know-who 'invented' the Internet. LOL

In the late '80's I started woodworking classes in a community college. By the middle '90's I was a full-time woodworker and back teaching at that same community college. That led to demonstrating at woodworking shows around the country, writing a book, and then speaking at home remodeling/improvement/garden shows. An auto accident forced the closure of my business and I moved to Arizona to "retire." That led me to enter seminary to follow another passion. Along the way I acquired a Jet mini-lathe, took a few classes on turning, and started that slippery slope. :)

Good question!

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