About my woodworking.
My name is Brian Gray. I've been woodworking for about 6 years.
I started woodworking after graduating from college. At that time, I found a job that allowed me not only to buy a house, but also the necessary tools.
My shop is presently my two-car garage, but that will change soon. My work has reached a point where the garage is not the optimal setting for woodworking, so I am presently working on a real estate deal with a good friend who is also an accomplished woodworker. Our plan is to combine our tools into one shop. Having a heated, properly ventilated, and perhaps even air-conditioned location for my tools will be quite the luxury. When we are fully operational (hopefully January, '03), we will be running a co-op of sorts that should keep both of us pretty busy.
My style of woodworking is focused on primarily hand-tools. For me, hand-tools are the most fun. Don't get me wrong, I own plenty of stationary and portable power tools. Basically, wherever a hand-tool is more fun, I use it. It's no fun to surface rough-sawn boards with a hand-plane, so I fire up my jointer and planer. However, I almost always hand-cut dovetails, with the rare exception. All mortises and tenons are done with chisels and handsaws. All surfaces of all projects are hand-planed as the final surface preparation.
I would like to think that the end result of my work is something that cannot be bought at a furniture store. It's not profitable for a production shop to take the time to go the extra step, or work out those little details that I do. As primarily a hobbyist, I can afford to have the most fun with my woodworking, and make pieces that truly will stand the test of time.
I welcome commissions, and typically take in plenty each year to write off all my purchases, but woodworking is not my full time job. My commissions are typically a collaboration of design ideas between the client and myself.
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