Late this past November, I was approached by Busy Bee Tools and asked if I would be interested in doing a demonstration in their facility. I was both excited and nervous at the prospect of “teaching” or showing my hobby in front of people who likely know much more than I do when it comes to woodworking. I wasn’t overly nervous speaking in front of people because part of my day job as a CIO, I speak in front of executives, boards and conferences so that doesn’t phase me as much. I was more nervous for the fact I am a self-taught woodworker over the last 5 years with no real formal training, and who would want to come out and see me teach?
No Demo’s Go Without a Hitch
Just like in IT (Information Technology) demo’s rarely go off without some kind of hiccup. I knew beforehand I’d run into some issues because all the tools I was using were not mine. I’m not familiar with the little things here or there that are unique to them like I am with mine in my shop. It ended up being a great thing because I was able to use some of the issues as teaching moments during my demo. Example, having a board jam on you when running it through the table saw. I couldn’t for the life figure out what was going on, so used it as a teaching moment to just turn off the saw and leave things in place. Once the blade stops spinning, then you try and figure it out.
I’m definitely not changing careers anytime soon and turning this into a full time gig, but if the occasional ask comes up, I’d entertain it. It was fun to somewhat give back to the local Woodworking / Maker community and teach what I know from my perspective of a self-made woodworker. I know there were a lot of great questions during the demo and was happy to provide my thoughts regardless if they were right or wrong or however I’ve learned it. Everyone has their own take on how things are done and that’s the beauty of different perspectives.
Disclaimer - I was compensated for my time during the demo