July 2011

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When and how did you get into using tools/doing projects?
I had a boyfriend in my teens who worked on cars pretty much non-stop with his friends and his Dad. If I wanted to see him, that's what we did. I didn't want to blend in with the posters, so I learned how to work on cars! In my adult years I had children and had to give up the cars for drink holders, so I traded in the big toys for smaller ones and now I'm a metal smith and jeweler. I still play with tools and get dirty for fun!
What do you do when you're not tinkering in the garage and working on other projects?
We have a pretty rambunctious home, so to unwind I love to fish, camp and hang with friends and family. And there is always music on in the background.
What's the project you're most proud of?
We worked for a few years on a '74 Bug that was absolutely captivating coming down the road.
Any stories of DIY disaster?
There was a can of red, as in fire engine red, lacquer paint open. While I was out one day my daughter decided to repaint the bathroom woodwork with age 13. UGH!
Why do you use Craftsman tools?
I'm 47 and the tools I have from my Grandfather are still the best I have. They are all Craftsman tools.
How did you get your DIY skills?
Having far more need than time and money, I had to learn!
Anything you have to say to other craftsmen out there?
It's worth the investment of time to learn a trade and spend your life making it your own. Craftsman create!