John Davis grew up in Newark, Delaware but now lives in Virginia. After a stint in the USAF, John married his high school sweetheart almost 25 years ago. They have two great girls, which is why John makes two of everything in the shop! John has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and manages a lab that characterizes semiconductor devices for satellites. John’s interest in woodwork began when his Dad let him started fiddling with woodworking at the age of seven. John comes from a family of stringed instrument makers, by way of uncles, however John says that he is so tone deaf that he decided to stick with furniture making.
Recently, John developed an illness - old tool hunting (planes, saws, braces, etc). John explains, “It's like fishing...you get up early, come home with a decent catch once in a while, but it's best not to track your time, fuel, etc.” John has been a member of the Washington Woodworkers Guild for about 20 years, where he met Mickey Callahan, SAPFM Co-Founder and joined SAPFM in its infancy. Both groups have been instrumental in improving his woodworking knowledge, for which he says, “I am grateful and happy to "repay" however I can. I have been blessed and I am thankful for it!”
What is your favorite thing about woodworking?
There is so much variety in woods, tools, projects, and skill levels that anyone can enjoy it, but the thing I enjoy the most is the friends I've made in the Guild.
What is your least favorite thing about woodworking?
Probably the Finishing process.
What is your favorite tool?
Can I have two? I really like my old Stanley 66 Hand beader but the Lie-Neilsen 164 low angle smoother is a close second.
What's your least favorite tool?
I was really glad to sell my Radial "de-Arm" Saw!
What turns you on?
In the shop? A perfect line of skinny dovetails.
What turns you off?
What sound or noise do you love?
The swoosh of a hand plane.
What sound or noise do you hate?
What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?
I'd like to be professionally retired.
What profession would you not like to participate in?