The Woodshop Life Podcast
I have been a woodworker for long as I can remember. I fell in love with the craft when I was in junior high school, and I have been building furniture since. I treated woodworking as a hobby for many years, and then in the 1990s I opened my own shop and started a business making custom furniture. While I enjoyed the freedom and fulfillment it gave me, it was not as financially rewarding as I hoped it would be. So after a few years of trying very hard to make it work, I realized I would have to go back to a regular job and make furniture as a hobby again.
In the summer of 2016, I moved back again to doing woodworking full time. I have a very active presence on You Tube where I post videos of what I am currently working on, complete step by step project videos, and tips and technique videos. Recently I started giving classes in my shop, and really enjoy it. I also take on commissions for custom furniture and cabinetry. My days are very full!
My journey into woodworking started back in 2001. During high school and college I worked on a construction crew that specialized in roofing and framing, so rough carpentry came naturally to me. In 2011 shortly after graduating college, I bought a foreclosed “fixer-upper” and like many woodworkers, my interests were sparked by learning more complex DIY skills (carpentry, electrical, and plumbing). In 2013 I got married, and my wife was determined to change the “bachelor pad” into something more inviting. She wanted a hall tree to organize our jackets, shoes, and dog leashes.
With minimal tools I decided to build my own Arts and Crafts style hall tree rather than buy a piece of mass produced furniture. I quickly became obsessed with designing and building cabinets for our house and for my workshop. Being an electrical and aerospace engineer, I gravitated to the more technical side of cabinet making. However, I wanted to develop my weaknesses as a woodworker, which was design. Designing and building furniture incorporates both the technical and creative side to woodworking.
Woodworking became a passion of mine in 2012 when I bought my first home. I soon realized that I needed furniture, and lots of it! I figured it would be a whole lot cooler to build my own furniture instead of buying , so I went to Lowes to stock up on a bunch of tools. Little did I know that I would end up spending more money on making the furniture rather than buying it. But what I did gain in the end, was the love for the craft. Ever since then I’ve been out in my shop building!