Wood- and Metal-Working
I have been a builder since a young age. I come from a technically minded family; it was required learning around the house. My father taught me a lot about the patience and practice that is required to be a quality builder. It is something I always wish to be better at, and I actively seek opportunities to learn new skills. Even if the skills are not directly applicable in my professional job, the mindset, attention to detail, and planning required for quality craftsmanship helps make me a better employee daily.
I started woodworking in 2013 after graduating college. I was very lucky to have a wood shop with skilled instructors and long hours just a few blocks from my apartment. It gave me a love for the craft. For the past several months of living in New York, it's been harder for me to get shop access, but I have a list of projects I want to work on once I finally have some space again.
I first got into metal work for prototyping capability. Being able to use and operate a manual mill and lathe is an extremely valuable skill. I spent about 3 hours a week in a machine shop for a semester in high school building the yo-yo. I was essentially apprenticing under a machinist; he would teach me and help me to understand what he was doing. I was able to get some formal training under my belt in college. We had machine shop as a required class which gave me another 40-50 hours of manual machine training. I would like to learn how to program machines at some point in the future. For now, it is most useful as a way to 1) communicate with machinists, and 2) understand manufacturing limitations.
I enjoy building as both a professional and personal journey of skill acquisition. I think it benefits me as an engineer, but I am driven to be a continuous learner by the personal satisfaction of producing quality, useable goods.
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