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I Quit my Job to become a Woodworker - This is my Story (Shawn Stone Story)

I Quit my Job to become a Woodworker - This is my Story

I Like this Story, so I want to rewritte by my point of view. For more information check at his website: http://stoneandsons.net/i-quit-my-job-to-be-a-woodworker/

Shawn Stone is a typical American and an accomplished husband with three sons (J.T. THAX, and SAM). He is not simply an ordinary carpenter or woodworker. He has a devotion for this trade. Shawn loves to embark on woodworking projects.

(His picture from: http://videowoodworkers.com/creator/shawn-stone)

My Humble Beginnings … as Struggling Woodworker

I have a passion for woodworking. For me, it serves as a diversion from the monotony of daily routine. In other words, the task is a remedy. However, this craving for cool woodworking projects happened by chance. There was a time when I turned the family breakfast nook into a secondary foyer or entrance. I fitted the room with cubbyholes for shoes, a couple of benches, and coat hooks. My oldest boy watched me curiously. At the same time, he was trying to imitate his dad with a hammer and screwdriver.

From that day, I constructed that makeshift shop that functions as Stone and Sons Workshop until the present day. This was my beginner woodworking project. What is this Stone and Sons Workshop all about? It is a cozy little place where we bond and spend precious time as a family. It is also where we learn the craft together. Since then, I have not ceased working on innovative wood project ideas. And, I don’t fail to involve my children for any worthwhile undertaking.

Admittedly, I ‘m not an expert carpenter. Nonetheless, I try very hard to accomplish woodworking projects that sell. My goal is to harness my boys’ woodworker’s skills and attitudes which they may not have at this time. But, it’s not too late to learn new things especially for young, passionate, and smart youngsters like them. For me, it’s a positive way to make a difference. Besides. I’m leaving them a legacy and leading each one by example.

My Workshop and Sunday Classes

On a Sunday evening, one can faintly hear the hushed humming sounds of sanding tool and handsaw coming from my small workplace. It’s an indication that we’re quite engaged in woodworking projects. What makes the whole thing extraordinary is that the machine-like cacophony is occasionally interrupted with sound of laughter or on the serious side, prayer.

I almost forgot. My passion has developed into an opportunity for me to share my talents (though somehow limited) with avid youngsters who attend the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. This church ministry has its own life groups (MTV) which I tookadvantage of to teach high school students with some interest in cool woodworking projects.

I schedule these tutorials for teen boys in grade 9 to 12 on Sunday evenings. Each session lasts around six weeks. I usually start my class with devotional video and some discussions followed by fellowship and actual woodworking classes.

What’s my take about this advocacy? There’s nothing wrong for the boys to get their hands a bit dirty. Besides, they learn a trade instead of simply loafing around. This has become the unparalleled trademark of Stone & Sons Workshop in our peaceful neighborhood. The shack is surrounded by all kinds of handyman tools and lumber. Of course, one will not miss my three boys running around and helping me out with daily chores.

My Motto

I want my boys to get going while they’re still young. It’s all a matter of putting together their thoughts, hands, and creative juices. They need to learn a skill that will come in handy for as long as they live. I still remember my fascination with wood project ideas began in 2009. My fondness for woodworking never wavered. And, I won’t hesitate to share this expertise.

Five years ago (that was 2013), I started to post lessons on my Stone & Sons Workshop YouTube channel. Soon after that. I gained around 12,000 subscribers and that number continues to grow up to this day. I retired from a telephone firm after almost two decades. Hopefully, I can produce more new videos in YouTube at least once every week.

It’s all about woodworking project plans and similar stuff. I’m also creating web-based courses such as "Start Your Woodworking Journey" as well as "Woodworking Basics for Kids." Modesty aside, I have many followers in social media networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

(Picture from: http://videowoodworkers.com/creator/shawn-stone)

MTV Groups
MTV Groups have turned out as a primary achievement of the church community. Woodworking projects have become part of the church’s primary activities. I’m very happy that our pastor, Jerry Mitchell supports this advocacy. He singled out the crafts’ group as one of the major accomplishments of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Pastor Mitchell noted that my group of woodworking projects have emerged from a common endeavor.

I wish to share this gift and passion regarding woodworking. This is an effective way of educating young men and help them grow as responsible Christians. Working with woodworking power tools was something new for these youngsters.

There was a one16-year old teenage boy named Hedge whom I can’t forget. He quipped “Shawn basically taught me everything and helped me learn about the tools.” He learned how to use a handsaw and sander for his various projects. One of them was a cutting board he skillfully crafted for his mother as a Christmas present.

Hedge and many other boys under my tutelage never forgot to refer to various techniques in woodworking projects they learned at Stone & Sons Workshop.

My Legacy

I won’t forget how the confidence of these boys grew. This is one of the rewards for my ministry and advocacy. Of course, I wish to acknowledge my loving wife, Callie who gave her all-out support for this personal crusade. She’s now director of the Mount Vernon Kid Zone Ministry and my number one fan.

It’s all about resourcefulness and that never-ending commitment to developing the creativity of these boys. It’s just a piece of wood. Yet, the woodwork and the young men’s eagerness to become productive made a lot of difference. Each one played his important role.

"This is what I know how to do. I can start where I am, with what I am and what I know, and pass it along."

This is Shawn Stone.



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