I joined the
Millwright's Apprenticeship Program after three years of service
in the army. Kaiser Steel had just started a huge expansion
program in 1956 and I went to work there as an apprentice. I was
thoroughly trained in welding, burning, layout, machine work,
basic blacksmithing, rigging and more. I started taking courses
at night at the local junior college in drafting, engineering,
and math and received my degree in Math.
I began woodwork in
the early 70's and got addicted to old tools. Of course a lot of
my millwright stuff is old tools now. During my working years, I
never hesitated to buy any tool I needed. I make a lot of tools
that I use in my woodworking.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with others.
James D. Thompson