J. Paul Fennell
Born and raised in Beverly, Massachusetts, on the Atlantic coast north of Boston, my earliest memories of woodworking were as a very young boy, sawing and nailing scraps of wood cutoffs together in my Dad’s basement workshop. And, I will never forget the pleasant aroma of freshly-cut wood emanating from there. Any further interest in working with wood, however, was years later as an adult, but the reverence for wood always remained. After receiving BSc and MSc degrees in engineering from The Ohio State University and the University of Southern California respectively, I became employed in California as a mission, rocket performance and orbital mechanics analyst in the Apollo space program.