I enjoyed learning from my dad when he worked in his shop. He can't do all he used to, but he taught me a lot about the principles needed for me to pursue what I like about woodworking. He also taught me to never be afraid of learning, and that being patient and persistent are the keys to success with wood. My dad still works a little in his shop, but often spends his days battling Parkinson's Disease and other problems, and he can no longer even pursue the career that saw him through 35+ years of his life. But, that just means he can be available when I have a question!
I'm a criminal justice major. Higher education can be expensive, a cost that could no longer be carried by my parents. Yet, they were emphatic that I still pursue my career choice, and they insisted I still obtain advanced degrees to accompany it so that the education could open even more doors for me. Good advice, but we needed a plan.
One day, as I took him for treatments at a local cancer center, we made our usual observation about the baskets of knitted hats set about the waiting room for cancer patients to freely take. These were donated from local do-gooders who found a way to make someone's day brighter. Borne from this visit was our own contribution--a little plaque saying that "Today I will be stronger than my fears with a little help from my dog." We thought that would be a father-daughter project we could take to the center for both children and adults, and it was expanded to include a similar plaque for cats.
We still take those designs to cancer centers, and we also donate the profits from sales of those two plaques to local cancer charities. The concept, however, showed me just how much I like carving with my dad's CNC machine, and all the therapeutic cutting, sanding, detailing and painting that comes along with it. I expanded my hobby to help me stay in school, developing K & D Carvings with the intent of earning my way through college. My ultimate goal is to join the FBI, but I will always turn to the serenity of creating wood pieces in my off-time that turn my passion into your expression. As well, in these uncertain times, K & D Carvings may actually become my full-time career. Who knows? And, for the time, my dad will be there to consult with me now and then and help ensure every piece goes out with love. We'd love to make something for you!
P.S. For those who wonder, K & D stands for Kali and Dalton (my twin brother!).
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Dad--E. Wade Hone