My woodworking education #1: Visit to Palomar Community College

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Blog entry by azwoodman posted 03-18-2010 07:55 PM 2656 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey everybody!

I just thought I’d start a blog about my experiences on this journey we are constantly on of getting our woodworking education. (As I write this entry I’m sitting in the car, in the parking lot of a Del Taco restaurant, in Indio, California.)

I am at a crucial crossroads in my life right now; I’ve recently gotten married, I don’t have much school done, and I need to choose a career to support my wife and I as well as our future children… As I have pondered over the course of my 27 year old life I have had many ideas of what I could be “when I grow up”. I’ve thought about becoming a dentist, a veterinarian, an opthalmologist, and other “worthwhile professions”. But as I try to imagine myself in any of those careers I just don’t feel right about them.

Long story short, I want to be a furniture designer and craftsman. Although there are people that will think I’m crazy for attempting this and it is sure to be a difficult path, I feel that I can really dedicate myself to it and somehow find a way to make it successful.

I am somewhat of a novice woodworker so to get a jump on my education I am looking into enrolling in a full-time furniture craftsmanship program. In a couple hours from now I will be meeting with some of the staff over at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, California to talk about thier facility. My plan it to see if their program will be a good fit for me.

Ive got several questions for them myself but if you all can post a reply to this blog entry in the next few hours I’m sure that I can ask them a question that you might have as well.

Well, i’d better get back on the road, the Del Taco employees are probably getting suspicious…

I’ll let you all know how it went after I take a tour of Palomar’s facility and talk to the staff.

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (

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#1 posted 03-18-2010 08:02 PM

As a former San Diegan….

1) Get OUT of Indio, man!! It’s going to be 100+*F, soon enough!

2) I miss Del Taco—especially the chocolate shakes :-)

3) It figures. I didn’t get into woodworking until I LEFT San Diego, and have heard great things about Palomar’s woodworking program.

4) Do what you love, and the money will follow. Okay, maybe it won’t, but … it sure does make life easier if you love the work you’re doing.

Safe travels. Let us know what you learn, huh??

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 03-18-2010 11:16 PM

I have friends that are big Palomar backers and they believe the woodworking program there is excellent.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 03-19-2010 12:48 AM

Do they teach any of the business end of the stick?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 03-19-2010 12:48 AM

I can’t wait to hear how it went.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 03-19-2010 03:59 PM

Sounds good, follow your dreams. Be sure to get some education on the business side as Todd mentioned.


-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 03-23-2010 10:45 AM

Check out #2 of this series to see what happened…

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (

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#7 posted 03-27-2020 12:25 PM

I am on the very vital journey in my life right now; I’ve been married just now, I don’t have much schooling done, and I need to choose a career to support my wife and I and our future children. I had for them. As I reflect on my 27 years of life have had many an idea of ​​what I can be “when I grow up”.

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