Started building tree houses and club houses a about 7 years old . At Mineral Ridge High School I took shop class , mechanical drawing , welding and electrical classes . After graduation I started building cabinets and mirrors and what ever for people . The golden plan was to retire at 62 and open a woodworking shop . Well short of the long I became disabled when I was 55. So there went the dream . I still make things at a lot slower pace , but not for sale , just for my wife and family . Jean Ann and I have been married 28 years . She gets something from the shop every Christmas and her birthday . I can do about 3 hrs a day in my shop and then I'm done for the day because I have fibromyagia , COPD , sleeep apnea and diabetes . I am very thankful for the 3 hours that I have each day .

I starting making things at a young age . About 10 . When I started at Mineral Ridge High in 1969 , first thing I did was take shop class. I still have the pcs I made in school. At graduation I started working and buying tools . Then I started making pcs for other people . My goal was to retire at 62 and open a woodworking shop. To make a long story short , I had to give up working at 55 and go on disability due to Fibromyalgia and sleep apnea . I have 3 hrs a day to work in my shop before I wear out . And I can’t sell any products because of my disability . Just a little history , hope I didn.t bore you too much . I can still make things for the family .


Your work is beautiful. Sorry to hear about all your health problems, good luck to you.


Welcome. I too am limited to a couple hours a day at most due to my disabilities. I hope you enjoy the site as much as we all do. Thanks for sharing your story, it’s always great to know other woodworkers.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Them bowls are sweet you got some talent

joe kruzel

Welcome aboard Bruce!


I will be glad to follow this site, keep up the good work

Maury Dodson