was a carpenter.
My uncle, Ed Brooks, was a carpenter.
I was very small I thought that my uncle Ed made western
movies on TV. He looked just like John Wayne.
Ed was a
Morrison descendent as was John Wayne = Marion
Morrison. I am a
Morrison descendent as well.
loved everyone. My uncle Ed
I wanted to be like
Jesus. I wanted to be like uncle Ed.
I wanted to make
things out of wood.
When I was four
I hammered my thumb driving nails. When
I was five I
sliced open my finger prying with a folding knife. When
I was six I split
my thumb with a hatchet. I split it again at
seventeen on a table saw. But over 32 years later I still have all my fingers! (My uncle Ed lost most
of his index finger when he was nineteen!)
they all still work well! (i'm not sure that word means what i think it
The moral of this story is no matter how much
hurts I love working with wood!
Each piece of wood is individual and unique!!!
I have been working with pine, fir,
spruce, cedar, redwood, mahogany, oak, walnut, and the rarer exotics (in
smaller quanities) for as long as I can
The way I see it there are four
aspects to woodworking. Tools, material, finishes and methods. Quality tools
designed for the job at hand are necessary. The wood must be carefully chosen
to suit the project. Methods deal with how to start with raw material and end
with a finished product.
Woodwork must be finished to protect it from
the four elements
air, earth, water and fire.
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