Hello my name is John Biggs I nominate myself for the 2016 what’s in your toolbox giveaway.
first I would like to give a shout out to all our teachers on YouTube. people like Keith Fenner (turn Wright machine works) Tom over at (OX tools) Keith Rucker (Vintage machinery.org) Mr. Pete. and for those of us who are interested in cnc machines like me Dave Gatton (garage worx cnc or Gatton cnc.)
I started out with just woodon’t turning and quickly realized I needed more tools to do the things I wanted. I know I can just go on the Internet and order something I need but what I want is to be able to use something now and not wait 3 weeks for it to arrive. so just like my father if he needed something and could not buy it he made it or something that would also do the job. I did not realize it growing up but he taught me a lot about life and what you can accomplish if you have the drive to not only see your dreams but to reach for them capture them and live doing what you are passionate about.
I am not sure if I am worthy or not but would be very proud and greatly honored to be selected to receive a toolbox. 2 years ago on the 30th of October 2014 I was hurt at work and have since then had 2 back surgeries and I’ve lost count on how many needles have been stuck in my spine. I am currently still in a great amount of pain and I try every day to not let it get me down. I do not choose to tell you all this because I want some simpathy vote. I choose to tell you because If I would have not gotten hurt and laid up in a bed for weeks on end I would not be writing this letter to all of you. see as I laid there watching YouTube videos one after the other I came across something that peaked my interest it was Carl Jacobson turning a piece of wood on his lathe. I could not wait to try that for myself. and when I could get up and move a bit I bought a lathe. slow at first but I got better and found ways to work around my disability. take more breaks. fast forward a few months down the road and I realized I needed some more tools. but was I shocked to see the prices. I figured why not make them it would be way cheaper and I could make 4 or 5 for the price that 1 would cost. so it began my passion for working with metal.
I would like to thank you all for coming here and visiting.
Remember find what you have a passion for and pursue it.