Good Morning Friends,
Allow me to introduce myself; I am Ralph Jones and being Welsh I started serving my apprenticeship under my grandfather as it was the tradition that when a boy turned 13 he would start his apprenticeship in the family trade.
I am the forth and last generation of woodworkers in my family where even though I am supposed to be retired, I am still making furniture in the contemporary and Arts and Crafts style.
Come the 16th of this month I will be in the woodworking field for 60 years. I served my appreniceship for ten years before my grand father would have considered me a journeyman.
I worked 17 years in the Carpenters and Joiners Union with the last 5 in teaching the apprenticeship program and from there to Tolles Technical Institute where I taught Vocational Carpentry for 3 years and then from there where I taught the same program to inmates at the Madison Correctional Institute for 8 1/2 years for a total of 16 1/2 years of formal teaching.
I now write the WOOD Magazine Quizzes and Mind Benders on the WOOD ON LINE. I also am one of the Master Administrative Group on the Arts and Crafts Society Forums. I also am the Arts and Crafts Furniture forum host on Wood ON LINE.
If any one would have a question or anything dealing in woodworking please feel free to email me as my email address is in my bio.