Custom Wood Working
by Fred Wilson
I was born and raised in Lansing Michigan. After a few years from graduating High School, I joined the Navy and spent my time on the USS Alabama and the USS Sea Dragon.This specialized training, eventually led me to work in the Nuclear Industry in beautiful Southern Maryland where I now call home.
Growing up I would draw for hours. I always had a passion for working with my hands and about working with wood. I’m not sure when it started but I remember always being intrigued by the craft. I would study a wooden object or a piece of furniture and try to imagine how it was made or look at a woodworking tool and envision how it might work long before I had an opportunity to do so. I’ve never had any formal training in the craft of woodworking.
One of my earliest experiences was borrowing a set of carving tools from my art teacher just to try them out. I found a piece of pine board, drew a sketch on the board, and set to carving a fighting cock with its head down in the fighting position and a great plume of tail feathers. It impressed me that I was able to start with a plain flat piece of wood using only a pencil and hand tools and shape it into a piece of art.
That was the beginning of a fascination that still holds true today. I have designed almost everything I have made, or if working to a plan it gets modified along the way.
I enjoy using hand tools whenever I can. Not because it is efficient, but because I enjoy it. Along the way I have collected an extensive library on woodworking. I studied and learned the basic techniques for shaping wood, making joints, and finishing wood with a wide range of tools. It has been a process of trial and error and a good bit of scrap wood, but that is part of the learning experience we call woodworking.
What I find fascinating about this craft, there is always something new to learn and there is always more than one way to do anything. I love to share what I have learned and to learn from those that already have the experience.
“The magic of taking rough lumber
and releasing the beauty
within the wood that is pleasant
to the eye is a very enjoyable experience
for me and feeds my passion for this craft.”
If you have the same passion,
I hope to hear from you...... until then.....