Getting Back to My Passion for Woodworking #1: My Younger Years

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Blog entry by Duff posted 05-29-2017 03:43 AM 1739 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi All, I’m not really sure why I’ve decided to start a blog because to be honest, I’m not as web savvy as I thought and am not really even sure I know what a blog is! Anyway, I grew up doing home improvement things with my Dad. I was always supposed to be just as good a worker at 12 years old as the 20ish guys that worked with him. He always said, “Duff, if you can’t give 100% don’t even start the job.” Hence, my never being satisfied with my work. The home improvement gig wasn’t what I wanted to do the rest of my life. I joined the military at a early age and worked at several different things after getting out of the Army. Again, not satisfied. In my mid-twenties I decided to go to nursing school! Yeah, you heard it, nursing school. That was something I could do and my Dad couldn’t say I wasn’t giving 100% because he knew nothing about it. I went to school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse while working as a Intensive Care nurse technician. I thrived there and the knowledge I gained was priceless. I worked as a graduate nurse at my hospital while waiting for the results of my licensure test. In those days it was a 8 to 10 week wait for your results. I scored very high on my boards and was the last LPN hired at our local medical center. Not being a RN I couldn’t remain in Intensive Care. FYI, I had two young sons and couldn’t devote 2 more years to schooling as my wife couldn’t financially take care of us for that long. So it was out to the floor, again not satisfied. After a few years I tired of the hospital and needed a break so I went to work at a car rental agency for a short time. Hahahaha, that was never going to cut it. One day while searching the want ads I saw a ad for a apprentice in a custom woodworking shop specializing in high end furniture. I knew nothing about woodworking but something told me to apply for the opening. The minute I walked into the shop I knew I was hooked. After talking to the owner for a bit he handed me a test. WHAT? A TEST? I was applying for a job not a college! Well, I took the test and went home figuring I better get back to searching the want ads. A few days later the owner called me and asked me if I wanted the job. YEAH BUDDY! So that was how I got my foot into the door of woodworking. Next time I’ll get into my time as a apprentice.

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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#1 posted 05-29-2017 04:21 AM

Looking forward to your story, Duff.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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