End Grain: Marine Corps to Shop Floor

grantchairsTime served funds a maker’s pursuit of woodworking happiness.

by Grant Burger
pg. 64

With most things in life, you either pay with your time or your money.

Say you want to build a box using 3/4 black walnut. You have three options: Buy boards milled to final thickness from a lumberyard (least time, most money); purchase rough-sawn 4/4 boards to mill yourself (more time, less money); or fell a walnut tree, have a sawyer cut it into flitches, wait years for the wood to dry and mill it to your final dimensions (least money, most time).

This time:money ratio came to mind recently when I was asked about my decision to attend the North Bennet Street School (NBSS) as a Cabinet and Furniture Making student. I’d been aware of the school, established in the North End of Boston in 1885, since I began making furniture and seeking out woodworking wisdom – and as a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I paid for the opportunity to attend with my time. After years spent serving in the military, I am fortunate to have earned education benefits that allow me to explore my woodworking passion. Living and training in Boston can be a financial challenge, but veterans’ benefits allow students like myself to focus solely on studying.

Blog:
See Burger’s furniture work online.
Website: Visit North Bennet Street School’s Cabinet & Furniture Making website.

From the February 2017 issue, #230
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