So, began learning woodworking at my grandfather's knee. By high school I began to focus on cabinets and turned that into full time cabinet making to pay for college and grad school. After graduation I attempted to keep up with woodworking as a hobby but family and ministry took most of my time. Forty plus years as a hospital and hospice chaplain, earning a doctorate, as well as raising my family, kept me pretty occupied, but I applied my skills and tools to home renovation. Together, my wife and I built or completely rebuilt seven houses. Now, kids and grandkids grown (but still nearby), and my wife and I retired, I am investing in some new tools, re-purposing half my garage, and engaging in woodwork with no other purpose than to satisfy myself. If others benefit from my peace of mind as well as with my handmade gifts, that's a bonus.