I can't remember not being exposed to wood and woodworking. Once of my first memories is of my grandfather milling a pile of logs into lumber for a local farmer. I remember being excited when my father brought home a brand new Craftsman wood lathe and let me use it.
I have also always had an interest in how things work. Taking them apart and putting them back together, or creating new things based on the old. That led me to my first career, as an electrical design engineer and computer architect. In that vocation, I always sought out the most complicated parts of the project and enjoyed coming up with creative ways to design them. Over the years, I continued to make things from wood in my spare time, including furniture and several wooden boats.
Now that I am retired from engineering, I enjoy traveling with my lovely wife but also continue to seek out new complicated projects. (building a new 15 foot wooden sailboat, wooden clocks with wooden gears, …) The opportunity to acquire a very nice used wood lathe last year reignited my interest in wood turning. Then when I discovered the area of segmented wood turning, I was hooked. It satisfies my desire to work with wood and also my need to tackle complex projects. The process of taking apart pieces of wood and gluing it together in a transformed way to create a unique and (hopefully) beautiful object is very rewarding.