Who am I?
I am a leader, a husband, a father, a builder of things, a mountain bike rider, an outdoor lover and a wanna be yogi. But most of all I love bending the rules, pushing the limits and doing things in an unconventional way.
Back as far as I can remember I have always enjoyed working with my hands, taking things apart and trying to put them back together and learning how things worked mechanically.
My grandfather was a carpenter, more of a jack of all trades I think, and had a workshop in his back yard. He had all kinds of gadgets and gizmos laying around in buckets and boxes. As a kid I loved to go search through those boxes and play with all of the gadgets. One of the items that I wish I still had was a plank of wood that I nailed or screwed a bunch of those miscellaneous items into.
From that I turned to bicycles and motorcycles. Taking them apart and putting them back together, taking parts from one or two or three to build another.
Once I was old enough to drive my interest turned to cars. There were numerous hours spent in the shop behind my house customizing an old Volkswagen Bug and hot rodding a mini truck.
Once I moved out and established a home and family of my own I somehow discovered woodworking. I slowly started acquiring tools and before I knew it I was unable to the park cars in my garage. I had transformed it into a full blown wood shop of my own.
I think that my motivation to build comes from a need to express myself artistically. I have always had desire to be creative but have never felt like I had any artistic talent. That was until I discovered wood.
Working with wood for me is more than just measuring, cutting and gluing pieces of wood together. It is more of a spiritual experience. Feeling the life of the wood and letting the wood inspire the way that you work with it. I think that is one of the reasons I have never been able to mass produce things. I focus more on building pieces for people I know will appreciate the part of myself that I have left in each of the pieces that I build. I want the person that owns that piece to appreciate the time and effort that was put into the piece and get a feeling of satisfaction when they look at it, or touch it, or use it.
Enjoy the site..... Rex Roberson