My name is Christopher Allen Cole (CAC, clever, right?)
I like making sawdust, and I'm pretty good at it. I grew up in a family of do-it-yourselfers, and even as a child, I knew that this is what I wanted to do. For 25 years I have made sawdust across Northwest Indiana on many different projects.
Two teachers I had from school, Mr. Beike and Mr. Henderson, helped me grow this passion. By the time I started high school, I knew that I wanted to do construction and woodworking, and when I graduated, I started installing hardwood flooring. After a number of years of just banging down miles of strip, I really took to doing all the custom stuff. I have done borders, inlays, patterns--you name it, I bet I have made it and more. Like most floor guys, however, about the time I got really good at it, my back gave out.
So instead, I started trimming and loved it. The variety of things I could do was enormous: doors, custom cabinets, wainscoting, crown, base, beam ceilings, and on, and on, and on. I rarely worked on the same thing for more than a few days in a row. Sadly, my bad back reared its ugly head again.
Now I have found my passion for projects done in my personal woodshop. I no longer need to go up and down ladders or floors, which allows me to do my projects with much more ease. These new projects have given me interesting challenges; I love utilizing old techniques. I am intrigued by old world methods of woodwork and I try to incorporate them into my work. Nowadays, I find myself making furniture and cabinets, and I do not see myself stopping anytime soon!