I had an exciting day yesterday when a very talented local woodworker contacted me through LJ and asked to meet. If it hadn’t been for LumberJocks, we wouldn’t have known each other (username: Autumn).
I arrived at her address to find a beautiful little studio in back of the main house, airy and light, in good order and with a ‘homey’ feel to it that told me instantly she spends a lot of her time there. A high-quality box commission was on her work table, with a very complicated inlay design set into the box top. it was an enjoyable visit, and as woodworkers, we found a lot in common. I am downright envious of her full lifetime supply of exotic hardwoods stored in a separate shed.
After visiting, we headed to my house so she could view my shop. She envied the room I have for an assembly table, and the spreading layout for my machinery. I confessed to her I had an ongoing project just sitting, that I had lost interest in, and she said something startling: “Well, take it apart and don’t finish it.” Heresy! I had cut all the parts, gotten a good start on the joinery and worked out my design plan. It had been sitting for over a year, and the guilt of not completing it was a burden. This wise woman said, “It’s Your shop. If you don’t want to do it, don’t do it.” Again, heresy!
She got me thinking. I’ll be 60 this month, and that number is really doing a number on my head. The seasons are passing faster than ever. There are many things I’d rather be doing in my shop than that old project that seems to be holding me back from getting any work done at all. Taking apart those pieces and stashing them for other work might be quite liberating. I’ve met another LumberJock..and it has led to an ‘Ah-ha!’ moment. Now, to get out there and do something really fun before my birthday strikes at the end of the month! If I can get a head start on something worthwhile, maybe I can thumb my nose at that number coming up, and get used to a productive new decade.