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Location: San Gabriel, California

I grew up in a blue collar 'do it yourself' household. My grandfather was the beginning of my love, comfort, and awe of all things wood. While I was a child, he would always be making something for someone in his shop, adding new tools to accomplish what he needed to fulfill his imagination. Eventually, he found the art of intarsia and over 15 years later, and several years since his passing, his works of art still cover the walls of my grandmother's home and the homes of nearly everyone he considered a friend. While I will not claim to have always been extremely passionate about woodworking from childhood, partly due to the patience needed, in the past several years I have really come to appreciate and and find a great deal of peace and comfort in the skills I learned through all those years of watching and lending a hand to my grandfather and father when working on projects.

About 6 months ago upon my moving into a home with my amazing girlfriend, I was lucky enough to be able to start a little workshop of my own with some basic tools and a passion for creativity and making things that people can truly enjoy. At the same time, partly due to my limited space, I decided to finally learn how to use hand tools, as my woodworking knowledge was almost completely limited to power tools. Since then, I have acquired a few hand planes, a set of chisels, a couple hand saws, and other hand tools like marking gauges, as well as building a few of my own tools like a joiners hammer i have come to wonder how I lived without for so long.

I am currently studying Anthropology at UCLA, so my time for woodworking is limited. However, in efforts to be more active and relieve the inevitable stress buildup of an academic schedule, I spend a great deal of my spare time out in my small shop honing my new found love of working with hand tools. I will post some of my past projects soon enough and I look forward to posting regularly about any new projects that arise.

-- If you are going to make it, make it last.

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#1 posted 02-11-2015 12:31 AM

Welcome to lumberjoks!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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