I’ve done this before. I have been in limbo for almost a year. Project limbo, shop limbo, life limbo. I have discovered turning during that time so all is not lost but working out of a 6×10 trailer is barely bearable. Still, limbo. Things are changing. My wife lost her job this winter, outsourced by three people whose names we cannot pronounce, which has forced us to reevaluate our situation. I am still gainfully employed. She gets to have all the fun. All this sounds like whining but it is not… really.
We have been forced to accelerate our long term goals. They are now short term goals, slightly modified because I have to still work. Dang. Anyway, we are making a big move. My tag line will say Gulfport, FL not Central NH and Gulfport, FL. Something has to give and selling the house in NH seemed like the thing to do. So we have found a buyer (10 months in the making) and have started to pack.
Everyone we have talked to who has made a long distance move has said the same thing: “why did I move all this stuff?” So we have decided to NOT move all this stuff. Why am I telling you this? Because this is where all this becomes relevant to LJs everywhere: “all this stuff” includes my shop “stuff”. I am preparing to restart. I’m keeping most of the hand tools and clamps and hand power tools but gone is the cast iron table saw and the 16” floor standing cast iron and steel bohemouth of a drill press and the little, though heavy 12” planer, a three wheel band saw that I am not unhappy to see go, two benches, a blueprint chest of drawers, an old dentist’s cabinet (they have great cubies but weigh a ton) and (only) a decade of wood scraps (I’ve done this before, remember?). All of it sold on Craig’s List, given to the son-in-law or sold to friends at yard sale prices. OK, I’m moving the dust collector and the air filter, I’m not perfect. Heading south shortly. Soon I will get to refinish my new shop somewhere in the wilds of Gulfport. I’ll keep you posted.
-- Pete - "To every thing there is a season Turn! Turn! turn!" [Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger]