Hi, my name is Tony Slattery, and welcome to my woodworking website.
Ever since I can remember I have always enjoyed making things. Mostly using wood, and anything else lying around.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time in my grandfathers workshop. To me, it was an Alladins cave full of treasures. There wasn't any gold or jewelrey, but there was something far more valuable. Hammers and chisels, saws and planes, shelves filled with screws and nails of every description. Bits of junk, pieces of wood, and the wonderful aroma of sawdust and shavings. For a ten year old this was better than the biggest toy store in the world.
As a child, I was always fascinated about how things worked. Like most children at this age, I was filled with curiousity about how things work. The best way to find out how something works is to take it apart. The challenge then becomes how to put it all back together again so that it still works.
Sometimes that doesn't always happen, like the time I discovered an electric motor under one of the workbenches. I spent many hours over a period of a few months exploring the insides of this fascinating object. Every time I took it apart, I made sure to put it back together again.
My grandfather was an engineer and inventor, and he used to build custom made woodworking machinery, amongst other things. One day the electric motor which had been the subject of my long and extensive research was taken out of storage and put into service.
Nobody ever told me exactly what happened, and I don't think anyone was actually hurt. All I knew is that my grandfather was pretty upset and I was banned from the workshop for a while. In time I was forgiven and I promised never to take anything apart again without asking first.
Now, almost fifty years later, I still take things apart, but only to fix them, of course.