This is my first “blog” and I am not sure if this is even the right place to post it because I am not real clear as to what a “blog” really is! I made it to this rock we call earth just in time to be considered a baby boomer. I just caught the tail end of it (my life story). Any who,…I was cleaning up my garage/shop the other day (my wife says it’s about time!) when I started taking a closer look at the caliber of tools I have and have had for many,…many years. I got to thinking back to how I made due with a fraction of the tools I had when I first started out in wood working. As most everything we experience, it is a building process. Like many other wood workers, I always want bigger and better tools. I read a tag line of one of my fellow LJ’s (who I can remember who it was – baby boomer) that said “One power tool away from greatness”. There are those moments of sanity that bring me back down to earth and make me realize it is the wood worker, not the wood working tools that carry the experience and skill to produce humble and personal works of art. Because I am at the bottom of the barrel of amateurs, I have never sold any of my projects. It is a personal point of pride and self worth that it gives me to know that the projects I construct go to people that truly appreciated them and will treasure them as much as I do. I have been told “you should sell this stuff”. My canned response is “if I do then it becomes a job and I already have one of those”. My rudimentary tools do me just fine. If it turned into a job, I might consider investing in new tools, but for now I’m good. Although it is a hobby I love, it is just that a hobby. I make do with the tools I have and learn as I go. As Stevinmarin so eloquently put it, “I am but a mere mortal.
-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX