Bruce Conklin

January 2012

Bruce Conklin
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When and how did you get into using tools/doing projects?
When I was 8 or 10 years old my Dad, started giving me parts of projects he was working on to complete. That developed into helping him work on the family car, then into me working on my first car. I eventually joined the Air Force and was a mechanic working on radial-engine powered transport aircraft.
What do you do when you're not tinkering in the garage and working on other projects?
I hold down two full time jobs, a database administrator and a university instructor. My wife and I are raising three wonderful children and I am active in my church. I squeeze in a little time working on firearms as well.
What's the project you're most proud of?
I constructed a Wheeler Express aircraft from a kit. I had built other aircraft from kits, but this was the most challenging.
Any stories of DIY disaster?
No disasters, but I will admit to having to start a few projects over or having to fix parts of projects once they were complete.
Why do you use Craftsman tools?
My dad started me using Craftsman tools, taught me the value of good tools and of a solid warranty that backs them up. I used Craftsman tools working as a professional aircraft mechanic and as a home DIYer. With just a little care, they last forever. I can count on Craftsman to incorporate innovative features into its newer power tools as well.
How did you get your DIY skills?
Initially, working alongside my father on home projects and the family car, then working on my own and on friends' cars. Eventually I went through technical training in the Air Force and then went through A&P school to earn my Airframe and Powerplant licenses. Plus lots of practice.
Anything you have to say to other craftsmen out there?
Be sure to take care of your tools. Keep them clean and well organized. Being able to easily find just the tool you need and not have to clean it before you can use it makes your work much, much easier. Always buy quality tools; it will show in your finished projects.