Started building tree houses and club houses a about 7 years old . At Mineral Ridge High School I took shop class , mechanical drawing , welding and electrical classes . After graduation I started building cabinets and mirrors and what ever for people . The golden plan was to retire at 62 and open a woodworking shop . Well short of the long I became disabled when I was 55. So there went the dream . I still make things at a lot slower pace , but not for sale , just for my wife and family . Jean Ann and I have been married 28 years . She gets something from the shop every Christmas and her birthday . I can do about 3 hrs a day in my shop and then I'm done for the day because I have fibromyagia , COPD , sleeep apnea and diabetes . I am very thankful for the 3 hours that I have each day .

-- Wheaties

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I starting making things at a young age . About 10 . When I started at Mineral Ridge High in 1969 , first thing I did was take shop class. I still have the pcs I made in school. At graduation I started working and buying tools . Then I started making pcs for other people . My goal was to retire at 62 and open a woodworking shop. To make a long story short , I had to give up working at 55 and go on disability due to Fibromyalgia and sleep apnea . I have 3 hrs a day to work in my shop before I wear out . And I can’t sell any products because of my disability . Just a little history , hope I didn.t bore you too much . I can still make things for the family .

-- Wheaties

Your work is beautiful. Sorry to hear about all your health problems, good luck to you.

-- Jack

Welcome. I too am limited to a couple hours a day at most due to my disabilities. I hope you enjoy the site as much as we all do. Thanks for sharing your story, it’s always great to know other woodworkers.

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

-- Wheaties

Them bowls are sweet you got some talent

-- joe kruzel

Welcome aboard Bruce!

-- HorizontalMike

I will be glad to follow this site, keep up the good work

-- Maury Dodson