On Monday night I’m sure I wasn’t the only jock watching the ball drop on TV with friends. Dick Clark must be hitting the triple digits this year at least. (Bad joke, I know…) That aside, it is the time for taking a look back and then taking a look forward and I’m buying into the cliché this year and making my comments and resolutions heard. Hopefully, this will make me actually stick to them for once.
Last year I came a long way in my life. I got married, had a stellar year at work, and re-interested myself in what is now my favorite hobby: wood working. Not a bad year. However, as I look back, I see that there is so much more that I could have accomplished. So this year, I am going to actually make a few resolutions that hopefully I can keep.
First: I plan on making more regular additions to my online blog and my projects list here on Lumberjocks.com. To date there is, sadly, only one project. I’m counting at least eight more that I could have added but for various reasons (mostly shabby work) I have not. This year, if I build it, it will post! In addition, I intend on writing out many of my design ideas as I go. I’m even thinking of putting up ones that I have gotten from books (doing my best not to violate any copyright laws) as I go through the maze that is my thought process to convince me that I can build something. Not to mention, put up the obligatory “Trial and Error” posts that show I’m probably am dumber than I seem sometimes.
Second: I’m going to be keeping myself busy as monetarily possible this year building projects. There are tons of things that we need around the house to make. My wife has been wanting a wardrobe style pantry downstairs since we moved into the house and I’m long over do for that one. Not to mention the various shelves and such that I need to do. I’m even considering attempting another musical instrument or two. (I should really post the bass I made. It is something else…) With every project, I will be posting some photos and project posts. This I swear!!!
Third: I’m going to take a few classes from some of the local artisans in Kansas City. Woodcraft is always having classes and I figure that is the best place to start. Occasionally, there are also classes taught at local high schools and colleges that I may try to get in on. I figure that I am at the point where I could get better just doing it myself and reading but I’m going to be much better off having some professional guidance.
Fourth: My real job. Last year was a huge year for my company and we are nearly 400% of what we were in 2006. However, I didn’t really feel like I was driven that much this year so I know that I can get passionate about it and really make ’08 something grand. Not to mention, I will probably feel much better if my professional life and my hobby life are both doing well. So, I intend on working that extra bit harder this year and following through on things that I didn’t last year.
So what is immediately next for my woodshop? Well, January seems to bring on a urgency to finish a few things like gifts for those family members I haven’t seen yet. I’m almost done with that. Most of it got glued up yesterday. When that is finished I’m going to be entering at least one project in the upcoming Lumberjocks.com contest. I could really use a bandsaw. Actually, I just want to get in the habit of adding to the site in any way I can. Lastly, I will be adding to my woodworking library a bit this month. There are at least two books I want to grab and I’ll be reading through and reviewing them for you all as well. Man, busy month…
So, anyway… Thanks for all the help so far and I’m looking forward to another learning and woodworking year.
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