Ron Magen Bio
|I was born, and spent a rather uneventful childhood, in
Atlantic City, NJ. We didn't think much about it, but it
actually is on Abseacon Island. I guess that's where I get my
fascination with water and wooden boats Curious about how
things worked, I was always taking something apart; and usually
amazed my parents by putting it back together - most of the time it
worked, with no 'extra' parts left over.
The commercial, presently on TV, where two men are in a Fine Art
Museum - one is admiring the vase in a display and the other is
admiring the wood stand - could be about me.
|Like most of us, my life has it's priorities.
Only a rare few are lucky enough to REALLY ENJOY what they
do for a living. The rest of us do what's necessary to meet our
obligations & responsibilities, and dream about the 'I'd like
to . . .'. In many cases it is a 'Time & Money' scenario; either
you have the time and not the money, or have the money but not the
time - never the two together. Anyway, with one thing and another,
the economy, one company swallowing up another, etc., I
found myself 'at leisure'. Also found out that I was an "OVER"
- Over educated, Over qualified, and Over 40. As I was
building one of the 'honey-do' things I had put off with the usual
excuses, something started to percolate in my mind. I'd been
'collecting' tools for years. Also 'collected' boat plans
on the premise, "One day I'll . . .". The garage had been turned
into a 'shop' with all my own jigs, fixtures, plus workbenches,
sawhorses, and a router table, for Joanne's projects and the refurbishment
of our 'vintage' West Wight Potter 19 sailboat. . . NOW I had the
Time and a few bucks rat-holed away so I also had the Money.
The only unknown was Joanne. Not much to worry about, only a few 'Rules'.
1) Keep sending out resumes for a 'real job'
2) Her 'projects' get First Priority
3) NO FLEET - this was NOT a 'Nantucket Backyard'; I could build all
I wanted, but had to sell ALL I built.
The rest, as they say, is history.