They say that necessity is the mother of invention, but for one West Des Moines man it sparked interest in a hobby and unveiled a hidden talent.
About seven years ago, Mike Lynch was introduced firsthand to the art of woodworking when he decided to replace some old cabinets in his home. He called a friend who was an experienced cabinet maker to help make new ones, and the experience proved to be a memorable one.
“I’ve always enjoyed doing things with my hands,” says Lynch. “So he did all of the thought work, and I got to be the apprentice.”
By the time the two friends completed the project, Lynch says he was bitten by the bug to pursue woodworking as a hobby.
“It took root from there, and I started to buy equipment,” says Lynch, whose garage is occupied by a variety of tools including a table saw, bandsaw, miter saw, routers and a jointer. “I started reading books and joined a woodworker’s club to teach myself how to do it.”
During the years, Lynch has made furniture and “assorted odds and ends” for family and friends as gifts. For his own home, he has built a desk and an entertainment center.
“Most everything I’ve built has been made using someone’s plan. My goal is to create something original some day,” he says. “Every project is a learning experience.”
Lynch says some days he can’t wait to get to his heated garage to start working on a project.
“When I’m on it, I’m on it. I wake up at 6 a.m. and start thinking about what I need to do, but I don’t start running equipment until 8 a.m. out of respect to my neighbors,” says Lynch. “Some nights I’ll work until 10 or 11 p.m. I can’t help it.”
Lynch, 54, credits his wife for encouraging him to pursue woodworking.
“Of course the unending support of my wife has been helpful, especially since she sacrificed parking her car in the garage in lieu of the pursuit of my hobby,” he says.
Lynch says he enjoys the creativity of woodworking and the sense of accomplishment once a project is completed.
“It’s very satisfying,” he says.
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