Ray Hurley is new to the Shop. He started as a 12-week student two weeks ago. We wanted to check in and see how his first two weeks here have been...
Where are you from?
What brought you to the Apprenticeshop?
I heard about it through a boat show. I've wanted to build a boat for a while but I was gainfully employed. I'm retired now.
What were you doing before you retired?
I was a professor at the University of South Florida in three departments: the Communications, Sciences and Disorders Department, the Psychology Department, and the Ear, Nose, and Throat Department. I taught grad students, medical students, residents, and also did research on hearing and balance.
What do you like best about the Shop?
The togetherness of the people here; it's a very nice community. People are accommodating, willing to share information - it's a very nice educational environment.
What has been most difficult for you in your first two weeks here?
I've been a little too aggressive with a chisel or a plane. I'm learning to control that urgency of mine.