Nice to have that ability and skill set.
Yes, thanks, it is. It has served me very well over the years.
When I was in high school, in the early 1960s, my father, a tool and die maker/machinist, put me to work in his newly formed machining business: high precision, short-run production in exotic materials. Nuclear industry, deep sea camera housings, high-tech industries, in the San Diego, CA. area. I didn't like being forced to work at anything, but after a while, I came to realize the benefits of the skills I was learning and I found out it suited me. But, I became a professional fish biologist
For years, when I would visit my family, I'd bring a project to work on. Starting in 2000, I put together a small home shop in my basement and it has grown, mostly in my skills. I love to fix things, if I can repair or remake broken parts, etc. Now, in retirement, I like taking on projects for others. There are very few others in the small ranching valley where now live that have the skills and capabilities. I like to share it.
I have really been enjoying woodworking, which has really only been happening in earnest for a year. It provides all of the creativity challenges as working in metal, but it is easier and quicker in many ways. Wood is a lot of fun to work with. I now have a fair bit more diversity in the woodworking tools and machinery than I have for metal working.
This is a pretty friendly and helpful forum, which helps greatly, for a novice such as me.