Tommy is the proud father of six children, and grandfather to eleven amazing children. A woodworker, a maker, a vlogger, and the host and creator of The Shavingwood Workshop found on youtube. With a new woodworking episode being released every Friday and family life he's a busy guy.
Born 1968 in Elgin Illinois, he lived his childhood years in Carpentersville. Until his Mother and Father moved the family to Brainerd Minnesota, where they purchased a resort on Gull lake. Living on a resort was dream come true for Tommy as a young boy, but as the years went on the family eventually made what would be their last move and settled in Farmington Minnesota. Tommy remand in the Farmington area after high school eventually meeting the love of life Rachel. Together they raised six children and found themselves settling down just south of Rochester Minnesota, where they reside today.
Tommy's passion is introducing people to woodworking at any level, from hand cut dovetails to pocket holes it really does not matter to him. The ability to create something from nothing more than a board, whether you are five or sixty five, a do it your selfer or a master craftsman is awesome, it's all about the pride. And nothing is more proud than a five year old who just glued together two boards and sees a space ship. Tommy believes that with a little imagination and by believing in yourself you can build anything, and he shares this message of encouragement with ever person he meets with his simple message " Build Something Awesome " .