When I started college I “thought” I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. After just a few weeks I began to question all of it. So rather than making multiple trips to fill out paperwork to re-declare my major I decided instead to just join the ranks of the “undeclared”.
As I spent some time thinking about my future, often done while drinking copious amounts of super cheap beer, I kept coming back to one of my passions. I’d love to tell you that passion was a beautiful woman, but this is ME we’re talking about, or that it was woodworking.
Instead, that passion that still burned deep inside of me (regardless of the number of ounces of beer consumed) was for history. I loved history since the day I remember learning my first historical fact (sadly I don’t remember what it was anymore, to which I DO think all that beer had something to do with).
I considered throwing caution to the wind and following my dream of being a historian. Archiving and writing about great deeds lost to recent memory, or even about the struggles of the everyday person in whatever era I’d decide to specialize in. I knew in my gut this is what I wanted to do and I’d be a fool to pass up the opportunity to follow my dream.
So one day after giving it a lot of thought and weighing my options on a career I knew would be fulfilling to my heart and soul, I walked across the campus and filled out the paperwork to declare my major…PRE-MED.
Still, I love history! I love learning about obscure facts and sharing them with my family and friends who would prefer I keep them to myself or maybe even just share them at a time they’d be more relevant.
What does that have to do with woodworking? If you haven’t seen it before, Highland Woodworking has posted these great little documentaries by Lee Tigner. They include original pictures and facts about logging in the United States back in the 19th century.
It’s hard to believe men with only handsaws and axes could’ve brought down some of the giant trees that use to cover this country. Being able to see the pics and read some of the history that goes along with them plays perfectly into two of my all time favorite passions, History and woodworking.
Of course I still love beer and pretty women, it’s just now I enjoy GOOD beer in small quantities and the only woman pretty enough for me is my wife Samantha (I love you Schmoopy!)
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