woodworking around 1992, after returning to Canada following 14 enlightening
years working ‘overseas’ with the United Nations (UNICEF)
and CUSO. My post secondary education was in mathematics so there is
no clue there as to why the woodworking virus infected me. But it did!
my woodworking is done in my smallish one person shop just outside of
Haliburton, Ontario, Canada. About 70% of the wood I use comes from
trees on my 11 acres of Hard Maple, Black Cherry, Yellow Birch, Beech,
and White Ash. The logs are milled into boards, then air dried and eventually
brought into the shop for selection, dimensioning, assembling, and finally
adding the appropriate finish.
a certain satisfaction in seeing a process evolve from beginning (Trees)
to end (Jewelry Box) while having a great deal of control over every
step along the way. ( On the down side, it also leaves little room for
passing the buck should something turn out less than perfect.)
speaking my work is ‘small’ rather than ‘large’,
and I strive for ‘quality’ over ‘quantity’.
If I can’t lift it, I don’t usually make it - although there
have been several rather pleasing exceptions to that rule. About half
of my projects are commissioned; the other half are either items I love
to make, or items I have to make to pay the bills. (Occasionally, I
love to make an item that also happens to pay the bills, but not often