If we pause to consider our shops and tools fully I think we all have those feelings. Maybe not all the time, joy is not the feeling I have when struggling with an awkward glue up or when facing hours of hand sanding, but mostly my feelings are positive.
This morning I was making a couple of little trucks for my Granddaughters in Sweden. As I was working I realised that I enjoyed our holiday, but I love to be home. I was aware that I was using tools that were my late father's and grandfathers. I thought about the really good hand planes that were bought with Christmas gift money from my Mother. I also looked around the basement at the lovely home my wife and I have made here together, all those feelings: peace, joy and sanctuary were all there.
Wooden toy trucks is one of the many children's toys I've made over the years.
|I've actually made a few of these. |
Go to a clearance store and you can buy the bins for cheap.
Today was the first day working without a table saw. So far....so good. I was able to break down the boards as needed with my band saw and hand saws. I used my shooting board more this morning that in the last year. It was actually a quieter more gentle way to work. I'm not kidding myself, this is small stuff with more sanding than sawing going on. I'll report later in the week when I get into a heavy duty storage cabinet that I have to build for a stained glass group. (glass is really, really heavy).
Anyway, I'm off to take care of those 3,275 that that pile up while one is away on holiday, and visit my Mom.