My Woodworking Interests
My Woodworking Life:
My yen for woodworking actually developed through my father in law just after I separated from the Air Force. He had a small shop in the back of his house and I honed the rudimentary skills I learned in high school in that shop and through him. Life and the challenge of raising a family seemed to push shop time to the back of my priority list until our youngest left for college. It was in the early 90's that I really caught the woodworking fever. I started to amass a tool collection and work out of a 12' x 12' shop. In 2003, I built a 16' X 28' two story barn which is still my shop home.
My Pet Projects:
I really enjoy building furniture, large and small as well as cabinetry. I relish building anything that pleases my family because these items will bring joy long after I have passed this earth. Two such items are a curio that I built for my wife and in 2012 I built new kitchen cabinets and a butcher block island for our kitchen. Two years ago, I was commissioned to I build a communion table from re-claimed pews for the church I grew up in here locally. These kinds of projects bring me great joy and as a side note, I sign and date every family piece I build. As a vet myself, building veteran's burial flag cases is always a special time for me. I'm at that cantankerous stage in my life that I won't built anything strictly for money
I really don't have a very favorite style of furniture but I really don't care to build anything contemporary. Must be an age thing.
Who We Are
We are a woodworking community with an emphasis on sharing and learning the skilled craft of woodworking and all of its related disciplines. Our community is open to everyone who wishes to join us. We support our American veterans and active duty, being a veteran is not a prerequisite to join. Join us now!
Of course just like most online woodworking communities we are centralized in the arts, crafts, and trades that are woodworking. But, we have another focus in our Patriot Woodworker community, we are the only woodworking community that was founded on our care and concern for our disabled veterans.
The Patriot Woodworkers are an all volunteer community, from the staff and hosts who run our online woodworking community to the members who frequent our forums, you'll find volunteers in all of us. We are not on a payroll, unless you consider the spiritual rewards gained from volunteering, as compensation.
One of the many projects we are working on is a wiki for our online community. A wiki is a great way for woodworkers and enthusiasts to share their knowledge to others, and to impart their knowledge for others to learn from, and utilize as well for their own benefit. We hope you'll consider being a wiki contributor.