Well, that’s a good question. It didn’t take me long to join LJ after I stumbled on to if from the Wood Whisperer site but I haven’t added any info about my shop, projects, or blog entries. I’ve been one of those lurker types just putting in comments about other’s works. Problem is, the membership seems to be growing really quickly and there is a lot to follow with the “You know you’re a Lumber Jock if/when…” forum and the Thorsen table challenge thread along with everything else.
This is a great community and now is the time. So, I am at least starting by blogging about not blogging. Mainly, it’s because I live in Minnesota and unlike Dick and Dusty, I don’t have a heated spot to work the sticks. Also, I just had some surgery from which I’m recovering but I should be 100% again by this coming weekend. We’ve had a good thaw going here for about 2 weeks now and if my body continues to agree with my mind and it stays above 45 degress, I’ll be out in the shop this weekend tuning up the saws and get started on my interpretation of the Thorsen table. I have to get moving, the deadline is creeping up on me already.
“What about existing projects,” you ask? Weeelll, I just got into this passion last year about this time as the company I work for decided I should be rewarded with a bonus during my annual review. It was much nicer than I ever expected and allowed me to purchase my tools. I had already been thinking about finally taking woodworking up as a serious hobby since before Christmas of last year and had even started with a few books recommended by my best friend, Rich, an architect and avid woodworker.
With the bonus, I could actually purchase a nice table saw, jointer, planer, router and a menagerie of other tools. Receiving the bonus was an “in the nick of time” situation as my stress level was through the roof at work. The researching of tools, reading of books, and ultimate working of wood distracted me from the tribulations of the day job. I’m serious, I was getting and average of only 4 – 5 hours of sleep a night because I could not shut off my brain with regard to work-related issues. Folks, Information Technology, while a lucrative career simply isn’t for everyone and finding a balance between technology and some semblance of normal life is often challenging as anyone in the industry will tell you.
Things at work, although still crazy and stressful, became easier to deal with because I began to get adequate rest since I was able to free the mind to be more right-brained again and actually do something with the thoughts; I didn’t have to just wish any longer.
Things proceeded nicely for about two months then the floodgates of tribulation were opened again. That, however, is another entry for another day. Suffice it to say, this spring marks a new year and a new season of projects to get done “before the snow flys.”
-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN