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Location: Kansas City, MO, USA

The earliest career dream I remember was Carpenter. If I wasn't up before my parents on Saturday morning watching cartoons, it was New Yankee Workshop. I would've watched Norm install biscuits all day if DVR existed back then! As I began dreaming up projects for my dad to help me with, I started realizing the amount of work and patience required, and quickly gave up on my dream. I went with mechanical engineering instead: less splinters.

I never truly built anything myself until a couple years into my professional career. I worked for Bosch, and took advantage of an employee sale to buy my first power tools. I decided they needed put to use, even though I lived in a small one bedroom downtown loft. Between hauling tools back and forth to my dad's garage, sanding in my jacuzzi bathtub, and getting taunted by the homeless population as I attempted to chop rebar under the apartment stairwell, I decided it was time to buy my first house.

Two years ago I put tools in my own garage for the first time and really felt like home. I've been dinking around since then. I am admittedly too ambitious when it comes to making things for friends and getting myself into painful deadline situations. Most of what I've created so far has been more construction, I suppose, rather than quality craftsmanship. As I continuously work on not over-committing myself, I plan to focus more time on technique and education, and less on 'getting it done'. As an adult, I have utilized these projects to truly teach myself the power of patience: if you rush now, you WILL be doing it again. It's been a delightful journey with enough smiling friends to keep me hungry for more :) . "The day you stop learning is the day you start dying."

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#1 posted 11-13-2016 06:50 PM

Ths is an asylum; welcome to our insanity!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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