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Having a wood shop teaching father was a great introduction to the craft of woodworking.  As I got older I worked in a cabinet shop to help pay college expenses and did carpentry on home improvement projects.  After retiring from teaching high school Math and Science, I hired on as a marine carpenter at a Shelter Island boat yard.  Boat woodworking develops skills quickly.  Upon retiring from the boat yard, I continued as a hobby woodworker, specializing in surfboards, boxes and puzzles and turning.  Custom boxes are among my favorite projects.