We started Building Durham in 2008, we just didn't know it yet.
Lee took wood shop in high school, and his parents bought him woodworking equipment of his own shortly after. He made a few things with it, but was more interested in his diesel truck and hanging out with his friends.
Fast forward a few years. Lee made his first cutting board after running to the Harrodsburg Walmart and buying an orbital sander. Shortly thereafter, he made me a jewelry box, and I was hooked.
Ever since that time we've pulled together enough money to buy tools and wood for whatever project Lee had his sights on.
With each one, he got better.
Lee has adapted and worked out of several various spaces; his parent's garage, the garage of the house we rented in Florence, Kentucky, while we went to law school, a mobile wood shop cart when we lived in the apartment under my Dad's office, the basement garage in our home, where he hits his head on the duct work, and finally a 3,000 square foot former restaurant.
Over the years, we've made many cutting boards, and sold and gave them away as gifts. Lee made flat ones with handles cut out, and transitioned into edge grain cutting boards with wooden feet. The wooden feet were a little labor intensive so he quit doing them and kept the small rubber feet. He's added copper handles to some, and recessed handles to others. He collaborated with Billy Lilly to make a star wars themed cutting board for our cousin, a chef who loves the Empire. The end grain cutting boards he's made are a particular work of art.
My advice, allow yourself to begin. Being a beginner is frustrating, more times than not, but allow yourself to make mistakes, to fail, because it will lead to great things. We never could have concieved this is where woodworking would take us.
To be continued..