My name is Scott Darland and I've lived in Southern Oregon my entire life. I've been in emergency services for over twenty-five years and been doing it for a living for fifteen. I work full-time as a paramedic for our local ambulance service. I discovered woodworking several years ago as a way to cope with the rigors of the paramedic life.
I enjoy the feel and the sound of a freshly sharpened hand tool as it glides through the wood. I prefer to do most of my woodworking with traditional hand tools. I'm always on the lookout for Stanley planes or Disston hand saws at antique stores and garage sales. I own several power tools, and on occasion use them for repetitive cuts, but the majority of my work is done by hand. All of my joinery is done by hand, no router jigs. I'm not opposed to the use of jigs or those who use them to perfection, it's just my preference. I told myself, when I decided to learn the craft, I needed to learn how to do it by hand first. I'm still learning, as are the true woodworking masters.