woodworking

Sam The Woodworker

I have always been fascinated by people who can fix and repair things that are not working, or who can make something out of nothing. For over 30 years, Sam has been doing woodworking, shaping wood into beautiful things.

Sam is 80 years old. He is a father of five boys, and had been married for over 52 years to his wife Karen who passed away almost a year ago. For 20 years, Sam had been selling pots and pans door to door before getting recruited to sell medicare supplements and long-term care. He did that working for others for a few years, and in 1980 started his own successful business in that industry.

Sam had always been interested in woodworking, but really got into it about thirty years ago. In 2000, he built his own workshop, and started doing more intense things. He's made so many pieces that he can't remember what the first one was. But his favorite one is a rocking horse for his grandkids that will be handed down from generation to generation.

Woodworking has always been appealing to him for its creativity, and the process of making something beautiful out of a piece of wood. While Sam was running his business, working with his hands, making things out of wood was a way to relax, to get a way from the stress of life. It was a therapy for him. And even though after his wife passed away last year it took him a few months to be able to even walk into his workshop, once he did, woodworking was a way for him to deal with the grief, to keep his mind off things. 

Sam with a rocking horse he made for his grandkids.

Sam with a rocking horse he made for his grandkids.

Sam preparing a piece of wood to be cut.

Sam preparing a piece of wood to be cut.

Sam with two of his boxes.

Sam with two of his boxes.