Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the other Dads out there! (And a belated one to those in the USA – 3rd Sunday in June afaik (as far as I know))

Kind of fitting to mention some of my influences that caused me to get into woodworking, and you can probably guess where this is going. Dad always made stuff – whether it was bunk beds, bookcases, house extensions etc, he would make it, rather than buy it.

For my 4th birthday, I was really upset that I was not allowed into the garage where my father, and uncle were busily working.  They were finishing off my first billycart, which became the first of many.  The point is, I was always surrounded by things that were made – you came to expect that you could create things yourself, rather than just accept someone else’s construct.

Who knows where this all lead? Did all this influence me in getting an engineering degree? Become a woodworker? Who knows, but in hindsight, it is interesting seeing where the first seeds were potentially sewn.

So to all the Dads out there, and myself these days – what we do day to day, and in our sheds can hugely influence our next generation, in the same way our Dads influenced us.

Thanks Dad, Happy Father’s Day.

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