BLAME IT ON NORM ABRAM...
Making things of wood has always been a goal of mine. I really came into this hobby/passion late in life but actually first started wood projects as a little kid with scraps gotten from a cabinet shop up the street from where I grew up in New Bedford, MA.
I made fighter planes (3 pieces of wood nailed or screwed together to form body, wings and, tail) painted them with USA or British Spitfire bull's-eyes and went door to door trying to get 10 or 25 cents for them. It's amazing what people will buy from a 6 year old.
My next experience that stands out was as a 7th grader in my first shop class at Normandin Junior High. We had an instructor we called "Slap-Happy" Malot. He thought it was great fun to sneak up behind you and whack you on the butt with a 1x4...
After that, I kind of lost interest in wood for a while and took up the clarinet (a woodwind.) My interest in building things was saved by my other shop class that year, electric. I had a great electric shop teacher whose name was Mr. Hines. He was a white haired grandfather type that took an interest in students and encouraged them to do their best. I took another full year with him and became his teacher assistant.
Came the dawn, "This Old House" and NORM!!!
It was like coming home after a long journey in a strange land. I watched and watched (still do) and I old myself that I too would make things someday. After a lot of false starts, lots of books, magazines and a ton of tools..., well you know the rest.
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I make my pieces one at a time and pride myself for doing my best, constantly trying
to improve my work and being reasonably priced.
I show lots of construction steps in my pieces so you can follow along as I build
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