Justine the Carpenter (@carpenterjustine_)
How did I get into carpentry, framing in general. I get ask this question alot, along with"wow, good for you" or "You don't look like a framer"
I'd be lying if I said I didn't like those comments, even just a little bit. I enjoy people's faces, the amazement, the proud.
OK, so how did I get into it? I never pictured my self as a young kid building a house, I didn't dream of it. I picture myself a princess or whatever a little girl would dream of. High school, that is when things turned around. I was sorta forced into it in grade 9. All elective classes were full and my options were metal or wood shop. I wasn't happy, I wanted cooking, not boy classes. Needless to say, I chose woodshop as I thought it would be cleaner. From the first day in the shop I fell in love. I loved woodshop, building things, using the power tools. I LOVED IT. Around grade 10, high school turned for shit, for me anyways. Woodshop became my happy place away from all that shit. Then when a angle walked into the class and talked to everyone about the school carpentry ace-it program, I knew I was going places. This was my ticket out, and I cant miss it. I signed up, got accepted. I took woodshop twice a year till second semester grade 12, got a drafting course somewhere along the way. And then I entered the program.The only girl, and that's still the case ( until year 4, I am not the only girl, and it's nice I like it) i received a $1000 scholarship for my woodshop project in grade 12. ( will post if I find the picture)
And now, from June 2013 to this day. I have stuck with it, thick and thin. Although somedays I hate job, I still love my career. This is my life. I passtionally talk about my job. I go back to the highschool once ever 2 years and talk to students about what I do. my passion rubbed off of me to my sister, who is in the electrical program right now. And I couldn't be more proud of her, and excited for her.
How did you getting to carpentry? I want to know your story. Long or short. I tried making mine short as possible, haha.