Angela Harris
Popular Woodworking|June 2021
How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors?
Collin Knoff

My greatest influence in becoming a maker and builder was my grandfather who taught me from the time I was 5 years old that it didn’t matter if I was a girl, I should be able to handle my own business. For him, “business” meant taking care of things for yourself. If something broke, we fixed it. If there was something that needed building, we built it! He was a home builder and I was by his side, fetching tools and learning the measure and cut for as long as I can remember. I started rehabbing furniture and building for myself and friends as an amateur interior designer and that led to a full-on passion for woodworking and a desire to build a business and life for myself in carpentry. I get tons of inspiration and help from the online woodworking community and local craftspeople I’m lucky enough to know.

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