I’ve been working with wood since the age of eleven. In 1984 my family moved to Cincinnati from Greenwich, CT. Being a shy kid, I didn’t make many friends so most of my free time I spent tinkering around my dad’s shop. My dad wasn’t a woodworker but he did have some modest tools like a bench top drill press and a band saw, so I started making small little toys. I continued working with wood taking shop class throughout my junior high and high school years. After school and during the summer I built several Toys and Joys cars and trucks. Below is a sample of things I made between the ages of twelve and sixteen.
Around the age of thirteen, I started collecting antique tools. When visiting my grandparents in Detroit, MI, I would always hang out in my grandpa’s garage. He was a mechanic who restored old cars like Model T’s and had a 1919 Maxwell in his garage that I thought was the coolest thing on earth. My grandfather seeing that I had an interest in woodworking, gave me a few his tools he never used. The first tool he gave me was an old hand cranked drill press that I still own today. While staying with my grandparents for a few weeks during the summer, they would take me to area flea markets to find some bargains for themselves. Extremely bored, I decided to look around for some old tools to add to my budding collection of hand tools. After a few purchases of hand planes, I became an antique tool collector. When I attended a couple of The Ohio Tool Collectors Association meetings in 1989, I noticed I was the youngest antique tool collector in the room. Over twenty five years later, I’m still one of the youngest tool buyers at antique tool auctions.
This is my tool cabinet full of antique tools that I use on a daily basis. I update it every couple of years and replace some of the old tools with new tools I recently purchased. As it stands, it holds about 200 tools, most of them being antique.
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