Growing up in rural South Carolina, I used to watch my grandfather build cabinets. The family tradition of building continued with my father. Determined to follow my own path, I worked as a pipe welder and later pursued two advanced degrees. By then I had drifted away from cabinetmaking. Years later, my wife asked me to restore a wood cradle for our granddaughter. I ended up building two more cradles for our grandchildren. Now in retirement, I intend to immerse myself in cabinetmaking.
- After high school, I enrolled in welding school and began working as a pipe welder.
- Many years later, I made cradles for two of my grandchildren.
- Now retired, I plan to dedicate myself to my family’s heritage, cabinetmaking.
“Before the days of carbide sawblades, he would sharpen his own blades using a small red blade vise, adjusting the set of each tooth with a saw set.”