Benchmarks: Freddy Roman — My first true educator was a magazine
In the fall of 2001, I was on the precipice of my next life steps, and Fine Woodworking played a role in determining that the woodworking world was for me. I was in college studying as a draftsman/architect, but I reached a point where I felt it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. Then I heard there was a new woodworking store and school opening in Manchester, Conn., and I applied to work there.
I got the job at the Woodcraft store, and that’s when I discovered the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking (CVSW) at the rear of that Woodcraft. That’s also how I met Bob Van Dyke. I was a punk kid, as Bob would say, but that job was truly the best I ever had. I had so much fun and I learned a ton in the process.
I was 19 years old, very green in…