06/10/2010 Part 4 of a Series
|I sent the following questions to some of the movers and shakers in the woodworking industry:|
1 - When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? Do you remember what attracted you to your goals?
2 - How did your goals as a kid translate - if they did - into what you are doing professionally now?
I think the answers I got were really instructive and maybe helpful for those we know who are pursuing a dream. Let's let the people speak for themselves. Here is the note I got from Jameel Abraham, maker of the most incredible ouds and also the owner of http://www.benchcrafted.com where he makes and sells magnetic tool holders and workbench accessories. For the previous entry in this series click here
Jameel Abraham -
I'll always consider myself a student of woodworking technique. There is always room to improve, refine and take work to a higher level. I try to apply this to all aspects of life. For me the Golden Rule is very important. I wasn't sure what I wanted to be when I grew up. At one point, I wanted to be a concert violinist (I even promised my mom a red Porsche 911 when I became famous) but that fell through when I quit playing in high school. After that I wanted to be a professional tournament angler. But that too fell through after I realized I always got outfished by my dad. I never had an interest in woodworking early on, although both my grandfathers were serious hobbyists. Shortly after dropping out of college I visited a monastery that specialized in Byzantine mural iconography. I was hooked. I studied for several months and went off on my own. About the same time I developed an intense interest in fine woodworking. I read everything available at the library (this was before the Internet) and developed skills by practicing for many hours in the shop. I now split my time between painting and woodworking. The two things that drew me to woodworking as a young adult (and still draw me today) were the beauty of wood, and the thrill of being able to craft a piece of furniture that I could never buy in a store. I don't think there are too many kids who have definite goals in mind and are aware of it at the same time. I didn't. What I did have was an intense interest in whatever it was I was pursuing at the time (music, art, fishing!) and I think this aspect, combined with the practical aspects of woodworking drove me to my long term interest in building things.
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