I have been a Woodworking Hobbyist
since the mid 1970’s. In my college days, my brother
bought a set of “homemade” speakers for $100.
I looked at them and thought I could make a better and “louder” pair
for less money. I still listen to these original speakers
when I’m in my shop. With this first success, I starting
making speaker cabinets, in materials ranging from plywood
and pine to mahogany. I sold a lot of speaker cabinets, and
many given as gifts.
One holiday season, all my siblings received gifts of items
made from wood. I never used plans, designing the items,
looking for practical uses with the skills and material that
was readily available. This is when I conceived the concept
of functional woodworking.
Then I made 4 & 5 drawer dressers in white cedar, and
then on to Hope chests in the same material. In the early
80’s successfully completed a home/garage remodel that
featured a circular staircase made out of wood, connecting
the living room to the cellar. Previously, the access to
the cellar meant leaving the house, going into the garage
and down a set of stairs through the garage and back into
the house at the cellar level.
The next major project was to re-side a 2400 sq. ft. split-level
house in Hemlock.
When my son was born, I made him a 4-drawer dresser out
of discarded pallets. The dresser top was used as his changing
table, which was designed with removable sides for when he
no longer of diaper age. Twenty years later, he still uses
this dresser. One of his favorite items was the wooden wagon,
with custom turned wheels and pull handle. Oak worked out
better for the wheels and handle. This toy was followed by
a couple of antique type wood cars along with a school bus.
He was most fascinated with the hinged roof on these vehicles
to get his passengers in & out of the vehicle. (He never
knew the reason the roof was hinged was because I couldn’t
figure our how to hinge a curved vehicle door.) The hinges
ended up failing, so now the roof is glued on.
Numerous requests for the items I designed and manufactured
encouraged me to expand my shop. I recently moved in to a
large facility that has a sawing, planning and finishing
area with local on site material storage. The larger shop
has allowed three times the manufacturing capacity. The separate
wood finishing area has really improved production capability.