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Hi Everyone, Rose here. I have another question for our readers – what is your hobby? What do you do to help pass the time? What is the thing you do to help yourself relax?
My hobby is woodworking. That’s right, I can pretty much make anything out of wood. However, the current project is something for WorldStart. See, a couple weeks ago we sent out a survey asking our readers if they would be interested in computer tips on video. The response was overwhelming, so here I am starting to do my part by build a desk for Steve and Gary to use while they are taping the tips.
Wonder how in the world I got interested in woodworking?
Well it happened when I was in the 7th grade. The junior high I went to in Ann Arbor had a woodworking shop. Well, of course I took the class, and did not have any clue what do with most of the tools and machines in the room.
Well, I was a fast learner, though, and loved everything I was doing. It was so relaxing, and figuring out projects and how to build them came very easy for me too. There I was, a young girl who just fell in love with chunks of wood because you could make any thing out of them.
I took the classes all 3 years in junior high. Then I got very lucky because when my parents moved to Toledo the high school offered wood shop. I jumped all over it! Got to take the classes for the next 4 years. By the way that is how I met Steve (yes that’s right we are high school sweethearts). Thanks to the public schools I got 7 years of training and my husband (who’s still in training, BTW).
So all these years later I am still at it. I love it! I make everything and anything. I have more custom furniture in my house now then I ever did in the past. I mat and frame Steve’s photos that we want up in our house.
The best part is Steve’s grandfather, who is 85 years old, likes to do woodworking as a hobby too. So whenever he is in town for a few days we always come up with something we can make together. How cool is that? I get to make projects with Grandpa so then every time I look at the finished piece, I think of the time we spent together on the project.
The one thing that amazes people is that I do not draw out plans – most of the projects are done from my head. Makes it easier to adjust it. Once I think I have it figured out, I get started. It drives people crazy because they just can not see it like I can when I describe it. I just say, “Trust me! It will be done the way you want it.
Yes I still have some of the projects from my school days. Our daughter Becky has the wooden box I made in ’87. The doll cradle I made my senior year of high school is sitting in the attic waiting for the next little girl to come along in the family to play with it. (No, won’t be from me!) That is the great thing about hobbies. A lot of your work will be around a long time to reflect back on and to be passed along to the next generation.
So here is my question to you – What is your hobby or what you do to help you relax when you had a long day?
I can’t wait to see what you say.
PS - I wanted to say I loved all the response on the construction barrels in your area. I was laughing so hard at some of them, Steve came over to see what all the commotion was about!
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