Scott admires the work that he has seen that has been produced on the Legacy Ornamental Mill.He recently stated that "There are some incredible wood worker's' out there. It seems almost unrealistic that something out of wood can be turned so ornate or so dynamic with the Legacy Ornamental Mill". Scott was first introduced into the world of woodworking when he was in his junior year of high school. He wasn't all that excited about it,however, because what was offered to him during that time was somewhat boring. The initial incentive for him to do something with the smattering of knowledge that he had received came latter when his wife threatened to take out the orange carpet in their dining room herself if he didn't.
"We tore up the carpet and found out that the late 1950's home that we were living in had hard wood flooring everywhere but in the kitchen and the bathrooms. I told the wife that I was going to put a hardwood floor down in the kitchen. When she questioned my ability to do so I told her we were going to find out."
So Scott bought a brand new DeWaIt compound miter saw and took an old Craftsman table saw and made a router table out of it. He fell in love with the router and knew that it had a lot of potential. He put down a custom hardwood floor using real oak, "not the thin stuff". A friend of his, who was a finished carpenter, gave a lot of pointers. When his friend came over to see the finished project, he could not believe the job Scott had done on the floor. Scott's confidence was raised to new heights after receiving that type of a compliment from a pro. After the floor project was completed,Scott refaced the cabinet doors,added some shelves and even designed his own floor registers. That was enough justification to add a scroll saw to his tool inventory.
To come up with some ideas in designing his registers, Scott started playing with images on his computer and making patterns out of them. One of the spin offs of this was that he started making various projects that he sold for stocking stuffers and curios. It wasn't long before he had paid for his scroll saw. Due to his wife's "gentle persuasion", Scott turned his attention back to finishing the remodeling of his home. The kitchen was completed, then the dinning room, then the living room and finally the hallway.
During this time, of course - as it is with all of us -, Scott received a multitude of catalogs and fliers. One of the more interesting ones that caught his fancy featured the Legacy Ornamental Mill.
"I received this flier featuring the Legacy and couldn't believe what it could do. Of course at the time I didn't have a major use for it and could not justify its cost, but it always sat in the back of my mind. I bought the book, The Art of the Router; there you guys were featured again, couldn't get it out of my mind."
One day Scott and his wife began considering the possibility of adding on to their house. Scott drew up some plans and got some bids. A second story add-on was soon under construction. The finish work, however, Scott reserved for himself.
"I knew I wanted a fancy staircase so when I received another flier on the legacy it was time to act. Because it was a large investment, I definitely had to sell my wife on how it would save money by allowing me to do my own mill and finish work. I also had to justify the "big guy" so I could turn bed posts for the girl's corner post beds in the future. I was amazed, she didn't even flinch when I told her what I wanted and what it would cost. She' did mention, however, the fact that everything I did takes so long because I always wanted to add a lot of detail.'
So far I have turned all my balusters; made a prototype for a newel post (could sell the l8" newel post for a premium) and built a decorator's bathroom ensemble for my daughters. The bathroom ensemble is made of solid cherry (not of plywood like the cheap stuff in the stores).'
God has gifted me with a talent in the woodworking profession. People tell me all the time I should do woodworking full time and that I've missed my calling. I tell them them that if I did that it would no longer be a hobby. I love my full time job at Otis Elevator. I do major repair and modernization. It has been good to me for 24 years and hopefully will be for another 14, then I Will be able to consecrate what time I wish to woodworking."