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In 2012, I discovered that I was interested in woodworking. Prior to that, the last time I had done any type of woodworking was in woodshop class throughout middle and high school. I really enjoyed those classes too, but I had no tools or shop space at home, nor any family members who pursued the craft, so after highschool graduation in 1998, I didn't think about woodworking at all.

Life continued, I had other interests, then I had responsibilities, but in 2012 something changed. In 2012, I became a homeowner for the first time. For the first time since leaving my parent's home, I had more than a small apartment. I also had a lot of repairs to make in my new "fixer-upper", and since I had little money, I had to do most of them myself. I turned to the internet and youtube videos to learn how to do some of these repairs, and since many of my tasks involved trim carpentry, I had other woodworking videos "recommended" to me. The thought of setting up a little home workshop had still not occurred to me, but after watching a few random videos about building furniture, my interest in woodworking was reignited almost immimmediay. I started watching more videos, reading books, and making a list of all the power tools I wanted. I started thinking about creating that home workshop too. I knew I couldn't have the huge machines I remembered from highschool woodshop, but power tools were what we used, power tools were what I saw woodworkers on YouTube using, so it was power tools I thought I needed.

I knew I was getting a little ahead of myself, so I tried to enroll in a local woodworking course, one evening a week, at a local community college. I wanted to get the hands-on instruction that was so helpful in highschool shop class. Unfortunately, the only class within 50 miles of my house was full. I could wait till the next class started 6 months later, which I didn't want to do, so the instructor convinced me to take a one day class about restoring and tuning a vintage hand plane. At that point, I hadn't even had a thought of using a hand plane, but I was persuaded to attend. I was a bit skeptical about the whole thing, but I did as I was instructed and purchased a dirty, old Stanley no. 4 on ebay. I took it with me to that class on a Saturday morning, spent the whole day bringing it back to life, and when I left late that evening, I was a convert; a true believer who had seen the light.

Most of my wish list of power tools went in the garbage, and I've spent all of my free time since that day learning about hand tools, how to use them, traditional techniques, woodworking history, etc. It's become an addiction of sorts, and I don't see myself ever recovering from it.

My primary interest is building furniture, but I've built projects of all types (or have at least tried). My skills have improved quite a bit since 2012, and I've learned a lot; I've also learned that the learning never stops. I'm still a beginner, and probably will be for many more years. But I always challenge myself, and little by little, I get better and better.

-- Sam, Pittsburgh PA

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