The High IQ Society
|Our current residence is in Thomasville, Georgia.
I'm still a Texan at heart, though, because I never lived anywhere but Texas
until we moved to Florida in January of 1998, then to Thomasville in July of
2006. Until recent years, I had little time to devote to woodworking but would
make it out to the shop as often as possible. As I improved my level of confidence,
I added to the variety of tools on hand. Likewise, as I improved on the tool
assortment and quality, my confidence was further enhanced.
Until September, 2001, I held positions in engineering and project management related to telecommunications. Then, at the age of 57, decided to take a different direction as a career and took a job as bench carpenter in a high-end cabinet shop. Working at the shop was, to me, almost like being paid to learn more about my 'hobby'. I now look forward to heading into 'retirement' so I can devote my time to creating items in wood.
My enjoyment of being around a shop, handling tools and trying to build something really started as a young child. My father, grandfather and uncles had the usual assortment of household and garage items (and then some). I was always encouraged to help and received a lot of guidance, especially from my grandfather.
Over the years, I dabbled with items for the kids and small things around the house like shelves, etc. Recent years brought me more time to get much more involved in cabinet-making and other higher-level wood projects. I'm even starting to do some work on my lathe that has mostly been idle since getting it a few years ago. Now that I'm "retired", I have even more time to make sawdust that my wife will lovingly sweep up when I track it in the house -- as long as I'm making things for her, anyway!
|My lovely wife, Bobbie, is a great supporter of my woodworking interest and encourages me to buy any tools I think I need. In fact, she surprised me a couple of times by buying me tools that I had decided not to purchase because I'm basically cheap. She also helps me on projects -- primarily tedious things like sanding, etc. With her around, there is also no shortage of 'projects' to keep me busy!|