I went on to become an accountant and lawyer, but I never lost the desire to follow my father into woodworking. My turn came in 2012 when I began learning from a highly respected woodworker, Stuart Faulkner, at Heartwood Creative Woodworking. I have not stopped creating since then.
In 2014 I began to let my kids "help" in my workshop. I got them started by hammering nails and driving screws into offcuts. I soon realised that they could safely use a small, fine-tooth saw. They loved it and it evolved into making their own basic toys. I was amazed by their ideas and enthusiasm. Then, a local school asked me to teach woodwork to their students. Like my own children, they loved it too.
Tool School was born.
I grew up in a DIY household. My Dad was a high-school Industrial Arts teacher and I had the opportunity to spend many enjoyable hours in his workshop. I watched him do everything from mundane household maintenance, to crafting beautiful pieces of furniture, to restoration of antiques.
Even as a child, I was struck by his vast knowledge of tools and his incredible knack for self-help.