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Location: Europe

A bit of my woodworking history:
Like a lot of people I got my start in woodworking shortly after purchasing my first house in the US. Having a bit of space and the inclination, I borrowed my friends sliding miter saw, went to the home store and loaded up on 1x pine, bought a kreg jig and picked out an Anna White side table plan. That table is by no means an heirloom piece, but it was functional and set the wood working hook.

Fast forward a few years and I have a small compliment of power tools (router, table saw, jig saw, circ saw, miter saw, planer, etc...) and my skills have progressed from relying almost exclusively on pocket hole joints to more traditional types of joinery and dipping my toes into milling rough lumber. Another year or so passes and I accepted a job in the EU. I end up storing, selling or giving away most of power tools as I can't bring them along.

Within months of moving I'm really missing my old workshop and the making process in general. Luckily I met someone who let me us there shop for a while and I built a bench using mainly power tools. While building it I got to use some hand tools and gained appreciation of their capabilities. Not wanting to buy any power tools (voltage differences when I return to the US) I decided to focus on developing these fabled hand tool skills and building an unplugged workshop.

After watching a lot of youtube videos and Shannon Roger's Semester 1 of the Hand Tool School, I set up a mainly hand tool shop in my garage. Now I'm happily doing everything from milling rough lumber to finished product using hand tools. My one exception is a random orbit sander...hand sanding large areas is the absolute worst. :D

*Disclaimer: While I do on occasion sell things I make, I don't own a company, have sponsors, or try to profit off content creation. I just like making my products look professional when I can and sharing my experiences with like minded people.

-- Ben, aka Wooly Woodworks, Instagram: @woolywoodworks.

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