I remember being about five years old and having my own workbench in the basement next to my dad's. I had my own little vise, a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, a wrench, and lots of pieces of wood and nails to build stuff. Meanwhile, my dad made a lot of furniture for our house. He even built our next house. I guess I must have picked some of it up from him over the years.
I grew up in Canada in a small town in Southern Ontario. During high school I spent five years (high school was five years back then) working on a tobacco farm doing all kinds of odd jobs before harvest started. While in college I spent a summer working as an electrician in a steel mill before graduating as an electrical engineer. For the next ten years I worked in factory automation in Toronto, France, and Germany. I've been working in the software industry ever since.
I've always been a do-it-yourself kind of guy and have done a lot of woodworking and renovations over the years. I had to give it up for a while when we moved to Chicago and lived in a townhouse, but then we moved to Virginia and I got the two-car garage and basement that I always wanted. Now it's full of (almost) all the tools I need.
I recently watched some YouTube videos on woodworking and I figured I could give it a try, so that's how I ended up with this website and my YouTube channel. It's all pretty new, but I am hopeful that you'll see the quality of my videos quickly improve as I learn in the process.