I consider myself to be an engineer at heart, and am always looking for new and unique projects to learn a new skill or just build something cool. One of my personal projects includes building an Old English Longbow to learn woodworking and better appreciate some of the things I learned in history.
A NOVA documentary inspired me to learn blacksmithing. I decided to build my own forge, rather than buy one. The design initially was an in the ground system, but when it would regularly collapse on itself and my back would hurt after a full day, I decided to build a more permanent solution using a grinder stand and frying pan. I practiced my skills by starting a small business by making small gifts and selling them for $30-40 each.
Finally, I am a huge fan of mountain biking and have had a dream of building my own bike. After researching bike frame design and taking my own dimensions I created Solidworks models of a tube and composite frame, with the hope of one day building my custom bike.