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Location: Rocky Face, Georgia

I began my love of woodworking around 1969 when I got a part time job with a construction crew building houses. I think it was the smell of the wood that first made me pay closer attention to it. I worked off and on with this crew for a few years trying to learn as much as I could about the business and about building houses. I think I brought with me a good dose of learning from my high school industrial arts teacher and common sense from the farm on which I was raised and still live. Anyway, I guess it was the experience I had in shop class that inspired me to buy my first piece of equipment that being a delta wood lathe in about 1970. I piddled with it a year or so making really nice bowls and a few other items and then girls started being more attracting than the lathe. It got put back in the corner for about 40 years and life went on. I always wanted to make my living in the shop but the money just wasn't there and I started my own construction company in 1979. First my wife and I built our home in which we still live the hard way. I cut timber off our place, air stacked it, and framed the house with rough sawn lumber. I had acquired a miter saw somewhere along the way and this is where my 3rd and 4th pieces of equipment came in. A planer for subflooring, sheathing, and plates. A table saw for trimwork. I used a heavy duty worm drive skillsaw to rip the width on plates and joists.
Ok, I'm in the business. I built my house the hard way now lets build one for my buddy. Much, much easier to build with grademarked lumber. It turned out alright so I built one for another friend. By now I guess You could say I was in the custom home building business. And I retired still building custom homes. Some of which passed a million dollars. Some of them we felt like we were building idols for the rich, but it kept the cash flowing. And some of them were homes that other builders had turned down because they were out of the ordinary and too complicated. We liked the adventure so we would take the challenge. After the monstrosities were framed and dry we would set up mill shop on site and mill door frames, trim, and doors on most of the homes. That kept my first love of woodworking alive, but I have never been able to make a living out of the shop.
I did drag the lathe back out and started piddling with it again and made several nice bowls and tried to sell them but finally wound up giving them away.
Sometime during this saga my wife and I also had 3 children, so I did get to pull some overtime and out of love, built a cherry swinging cradle, a white oak baby bed, a walnut and cherry rocking horse, and a white oak changing table.
I still piddle in the shop. Made a friend of mine a reclaimed oak swinging cradle for his granddaughter with timber out of the old barn that we worked and played together years ago.
I really feel like I have made this profile too long so I'll quit. I'll post pictures of some of the stuff I have done through the years.

-- Keith, Georgia

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