I'm Kyle Toth and I'm a woodworker in Southern California.
I started doing woodworking when I was
like, I don't know, 12, just making stuff. I'd get Home Depot gift cards for
you know Christmas and my birthday and I just by plywood and may go kart and
I started getting into skateboards
and I would start making plywood furniture.
So I kinda was on this path that I really didn't know,
I was getting into. I was probably around like 16 or 17 when I started
getting more into it.
That's why I started collecting more machines, filling up my parents garage you know.
Like little by little they weren't parking in the garage anymore.
I was, you know, taking up all the space.
Some of the stuff would never get seen, you know, or my friends would see it.
But for me it was more about
making it and trying to get better and perfecting things.
And that's when I started getting more into like the fine side of it.
So I got into segment turning.
You know, really small intricate pieces, where there's no room for error.
so a lot of it was not being fueled by other people but being fueled by my own self.
The North Bennet Street school is more of a trade school but they focus on
more of like hands-on skills, bench skills,
all the things that used to be in high schools you know,
when my parents were growing up that they kind of got rid of.
Classes early smaller, there was only like twelve people in my class.
It was just a full-time program in downtown Boston,
in the north end. Like my bench looked right out at the Old North Church where
Paul Revere hung his lantern,
so they're so much history there and you know just learning
from that school was
this the way to go about preserving this craft and
art that I'm trying to do.
For me to be continuing this craft is more like it's a it's a dying art form
you know there's so much that's made on computer C&C design so much that
it's not for a lifetime use.
So, keeping this craftsmanship alive, a craft that's been around for hundreds of years,
is kinda been my focus point with
the business that I have going on and just the craft for me to be able to create
and enjoy it for lifetime.
When I build something if it's gonna
outlast me I me, i mean it's, thats kinda what has been driving this whole
creativity and thought process behind it, is just
that's kinda was kept the craft alive for me is that the piece is gonna
out live me. Its gonna let my name live on along with the craft.
If I buy somebody else's work, obviously I love it but I want to be able to look
at every day and kinda have like this happy feeling about it. So for me,
I would want people to take my work
and be able to look at it every day and kind either, you know, enlighten their day
or just make them appreciate the work that goes into things.
With my craft, it's very slow, so maybe it will slowdown other processes for other people and
let them be able to, you know, figure out what they're good at,
and take that into their life.
People come to me with ideas and they don't know how to make
them come alive so
they're coming to me with the idea and I'm kinda letting in exist in wood.
So working with clients and customers is really fun for me
cause I love connecting with them and they say they need this and this is
what they need to do
but if they can look beautiful at the same time and exists for their lifetime,
then connecting with the person is really fun for me.
It's not that I'm making something to sell, but if somebody else
enjoy it as much as I do then that's the coolest feeling right there.
Its slowly turned into my career and
you know I don't plan on stopping and that for me is pretty exciting.
I'm always going to have the ability to create something brand
new and hopefully it's something that nobody's seen before,
that's you know, what's kept this whole fire in me going.