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Chris Billman’s Woodworking Bio

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Who am I?: Don't you find it strange when people write about themselves in the third person? I'm gonna try not to do that. I'll also try not to bore you to tears.

I was born in Easton, PA waaay back in the 20th century. I earned a couple engineering degrees from Penn State, and met my wife after college in Toledo, OH. We moved from Toledo, OH to Columbus, OH to Waxahachie, TX to State College, PA to Huntingdon, PA to Westland, MI and finally to our current home in Ypsilanti Township, MI. We love it here and hope to stay a long long time.

My wife was crazy enough to marry me in 1994, and we now have two young daughters (happy happy, joy joy!!). To pay the bills I work as a Noise Vibration and Harshness Engineering Supervisor for an automotive OEM. I get to drive lots of different vehicles and use some cool technology. It's a great job!

I've been interested in woodworking since I was a young boy. My step-grandfather always had a few projects brewing in his single-car garage woodshop, and he helped me cobble together my first true "project" in high school. NYW was also a formative influence on me as it was on countless weekend warriors.

I started building my own tool collection in earnest in the early 1990's. It's been steadily growing ever since, and I've been struggling to advance my skills as well. Lifelong learning is one of my core values as is evidenced by attendance at formal courses, giving occasional instructional demonstrations, mentoring new woodworkers, and maintaining an extensive woodworking book, magazine, and video library. I'm a woodworking junkie (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Contact: Feel free to write me an email. It's nice to know people actually read this stuff!


Last revised: 1/21/12

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