Hello, my name is Craig. I am a toolmaker by trade. Most of my career I have been involved in aerospace pattern making. I’ve worked on projects for companies like Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Raytheon, Caterpillar, John Deere, Harley Davidson, Mitsubishi, Springfield Armory, and many more. Basically, if it goes BOOM on the news I’ve probably helped make the tooling for it.I was introduced to the tooling trade by my father who is a skilled amateur machinist. My father had his machine shop in an old school bus. When we moved he could just shut the doors and drive to the next place. Over the years I’ve noticed a disturbing trend. Skilled American workers in manufacturing particularly tooling trades are getting difficult to find. Many new hires turn out to be warm bodies in the trade not much more. I was 8 years old when my father started teaching me to weld and use machine tools. This experience ignited a passion for design and manufacturing in me. My goal in starting Pinewood CNC is to help ignite that passion in other kids and parents, and open up a larger world of opportunities for their future. If you are mechanically inclined or have a friend who is, you too, can learn and grow with your child as you build and create. Growing up I raced pine cars in Boy Scouts and Awana clubs. My father helped me with my first car, the next year he bought me a jigsaw for Christmas. After, that I designed my cars on paper, transferred the designs to my piece of wood and cut them out with my jigsaw. With access to my fathers machine tools as well, I was afforded more opportunities to grow. I’ve run into some parents that get a little upset saying, “back in my day, I used a knife and sand paper for making my cars,” or, “no kid can do that”. Well that’s totally wrong. With a little help from you, any child can learn CAD, program, and run a hobby CNC machine. Lets face it, parents, you can let your child sit in front of a video game day after day, or you can encourage your child to learn skills that will be effective in the 21st century job market. Starting early is a key to a great career. The more they learn now, the farther they will go. So get your kids off the couch and park them in front of the CAD seat and get going.