One Christmas after having moved out of my parents' home, my mother remarked that I had entered the stage of life in which power tools became appropriate gifts. I'll never forget coming down the stairs to that compound miter saw (featured in the video to the right). I'll stop short of calling it the best gift I ever received, but it's certainly a contender.
The bed I made as a wedding gift for my wife.
I have always enjoyed working with my hands, and as a child I'd help my father with odd jobs around the house. However, I didn't really catch the woodworking bug until I got my own place and found myself in need of furniture. Luckily, my father was more than happy to lend me the use of his shop, not to mention his wise tutelage. Over the years, I've returned to that shop, and I've done my best to start my own, confined as I am to an apartment. You can see the results below and in the video above and to the right.
Building is a love that I've done my best to share. When I taught astronomy, I introduced some students to their first power tools when we built a Dobsonian telescope. Many of them had never even picked up a hammer. You can see one of our builds here. I also used to teach a summer day-camp in rocketry that involved building on a slightly different scale. Fun times. ;)
Some of My Work: Click on an image to see a larger version.