Commentary

February 21, 2013

Everyone needs a hobby

Tags:
Senior Airman Michael Washburn
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Washburn)
Master Sgt. Kevin Wilske, 355th Fighter Wing Plans and Programs superintendent, poses behind some of the wooden projects he’s built. He has built a number of things including signs, coin holders, a cube inside of another cube and wooden dice.

Most people have a hobby: painting, stamp collecting and sewing. It’s a way to blow off steam after a long day at work.

For Master Sgt. Kevin Wilske, 355th Fighter Wing Plans and Programs superintendent, he enjoys building works of art out of wood.

Wilske’s wood working foundation began about two years ago. His hobby at the time, going to school, was over and he needed something to take its place.

“I always had an interest in wood and I needed a hobby, so it seems like a logical fit for me,” Wilske said. “I’m also originally a mechanic on the F-16, so I’m used to working with my hands.”

Like the saying goes: before you can walk, you must learn how to crawl. Wilske started his hobby slowly. He started off first with a single tool, a scroll saw. He would often visit the website woodworkingformeremortals.com, where he would find inspirational projects to try and replicate.

“I’ve built a number of things including signs, coin holders, a cube inside of another cube and wooden dice,” Wilske said. “The first sign I made was for my garage and it said “man cave” on it. I’ve made a few signs for family members. Outside of family members, the first sign I made was for Tech. Sgt. Christopher Poole, 355th FW Readiness and Programs non-commissioned officer in charge, and his church.”

His collection of mechanical instruments has grown to completely fill up his wood shop, which is located in his garage.

“I have a scroll saw, planer, jig saw, band saw, table saw, miter saw and a belt sander,” Wilske said. “When we moved here, I had to build two more work benches just to sustain the equipment I had while still having enough room to work.”

Anyone who’s stepped into a home improvement store can attest to the fact that wood can be quite expensive. Since Sergeant Wilske is still learning, he doesn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a piece that he could potentially mess up.

“Most of my material is salvaged,” Wilske said. “Sometimes I use pallet wood because it’s cheap. I’ve also gone to Home Depot and, back where they have the wood cutter, there’s a bin with scrap wood. It’s like 51 cents for scraps of wood. If I mess up one of those, it’s no big deal. If I need to make something out of a big piece of wood, I’ll just glue smaller pieces together.”

For now, Wilske has limited his hobby to only building projects for himself or other family members. He even made wooden whistles as a bit of payback from a loud, annoying toy his daughter received.

“This last Christmas, my sister-in-law and brother-in-law bought my daughter a drum set,” Wilske said. “To get back at them, I made train whistles for their kids. They were running around the house all day playing with their whistles.”

Throughout his time in the Air Force, Wilske has learned qualities that have translated well into his hobby.

“The military has helped me think outside the box and try to plan before I start working,” Wilske said. “It helps me not waste a bunch of time by doing things randomly. I also work with wood because it helps me learn patience. I need to make sure I go slowly with the wood and think of nothing else but safety.”

The idea of selling anything he’s made hasn’t crossed Wilske’s mind yet. He says when he becomes more confident, he may start. But for now, his hobby will remain just that; a place to go to get away for a while.

“Working with wood has helped me, to some degree, to be stress free,” Wilske said. “It’s my own little world I can go into. When the kids are playing Xbox and the wife is scrapbooking, it’s a place I can go. My own little man cave.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Diamond Sharp August 1, 2014

Name/Squadron:   Airman 1st Class Colby Evans / 43 ECS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Jaime Lewis Duty Title: Knowledge Operations/Commander’s Support Staff When joined the AF: March 4, 2013 Hometown: Freemont, CA Hobbies: Playing various sports such as football and basketball, video gaming, hiking, drawing Selection Reasons: In Airman Evans’ short time in the Air...
 
 

Local Briefs August 1, 2014

AMMO to conduct inventory Aug. 8 The AMMO Flight will be conducting a 100% Change of MASO inventory, Aug. 8. Please direct any concerns to Munitions Operations at 228-8009. Stay and Play Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. – Youth Center instruction room This is a new program for parents and children ages birth to five years. Features...
 
 

Quality of rituals determines quality of life

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. (AFNS) — Over the last year I’ve been on a quest to identify and highlight simple success strategies that, if followed, will increase career success. Where does one start on the path to becoming successful? Some would say, “habits,” but it goes farther than that. Habits are repeatable actions that...
 

 
DT_pict3

Colonel Blanchard bids farewell

Desert Lightning Warriors, It has been the singular honor of my 23 plus year career to serve you as your commander. Your dedication to excellence, service to the nation, and high standards of integrity never cease to amaze me, ...
 
 
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Gregory Ferreira)

Motivated to save lives

Airmen assigned to the 162nd Wing showcased their medical deployment skills during a decontamination exercise July 15 at the medical facility here. The decontamination, DECON, exercise lasted two days and consisted of three sce...
 
 

AF Marathon sells out, race transfer program announced

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — The Air Force Marathon has officially sold out all races and organizers have announced details for the transfer program. “The transfer program is the only official way for runners to give their bib to another runner,” said Rob Aguiar, the race director. The transfer program opened on July...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin