When I decided to start this page it was to do three simple things.
1. Help myself become a better father, husband, brother, son, and friend.
2. Help other men become better men.
3. Bring everyday heroes to the front lines so they can help other men be better men.
I’m not sure when it happened but sometime during the last century “men” in America stopped being “men”. I’m not talking about the bad stereotype of what being a man is. I’m not talking about the father who comes home and throws his feet on the ottoman and waits for his wife to light his pipe and hand him a beer. I am talking about what really being a man is about. It is about looking people in the eye. I am talking about doing what you say you will. I’m talking about shaking someones hand and expecting that to be a done deal.
When did men stop knowing how to change the oil in there cars? When did men stop knowing how to fix the little things around a house. I’m not expecting every guy to know how to replace a water heater or level their foundation. But he should know how to check his tires to make sure they are wearing correctly or know how to turn off the water to his toilet when it starts to overflow.
The bottom line is there are so many things I could do to make myself better and I’m going to do them here. Hopefully that will help some other guys as well. I grew up in the trades and became a Journeyman Electrician. I since have moved on to being a Network Engineer, Systems Engineer and Integration Engineer. I can build pretty much anything. Its not always because I know how. Many times it’s because I’m willing to learn and find those who will teach me. I hope I can help you guys (and girls) too.
Last I realized how great my life is. I have a beautiful 11 month old baby girl, a wonderful wife, and I have a passion for making things. Especially woodworking and I’m fascinated by how much the old craftsmen could do with simple well made tools. I hope to be able to find some of these craftsmen to bring there knowledge out into the open and give the rest of the world a forum in which they can interact with them. It breaks my heart when I think about all of the hard earned skills that were won through generations of mastery that we know have lost because we like Swedish flat packed furniture and we have automated CNC machines to do the complex mill work.
I hope you guys will join me on my journey. -Jason