This last week I took the first step in my post retirement life. I took part in a video podcast, presented by the Kansas City Woodworkers’ Guild, as its host. Our first episode is in the books and if I do say so myself, it went okay. I’m not a professional by any means, but I thought I handled my duties well.
While I don’t expect many views outside of our region of the Midwest, I do intend to do my best to promote the Guild and its many attributes. My first guest was current Guild President, Craig Arnold. Since it’s an interview format, we learned some things about Craig’s woodworking background. Things like his Aunt tossing his grandfather’s full set of wooden molding planes in the trash after he passed. A full set of hollows & rounds gone in a heart beat. Definitely a tragic lost.
My producer, Chris McCauley and I are still getting our routine figured out. We intend to be a bimonthly podcast, at least at first. Father’s Day and the 4th of July have kind of interrupted our schedule. But we’ll be back on schedule after that. My next guest will be the Guild’s Training Director, Norm Carpenter. Norm will give us insight into what it’s like putting together the busy training schedule at the Guild. After that we’ll be talking to various members and doing our best to promote the woodworking community in Kansas City.
This week, I’ve been serving as a shop assistant for master woodcarver, Mary May. Her class had originally been scheduled for May, 2020. I can honestly say, I wish I had actually been able to take this class. Mary is such a talent and is very charming and personable. She has been very attentive to all 12 of the students and is a quality teacher and person. If you get a chance to take her class, take it! You won’t be sorry.