A Strategy for Woodworking #16: Making Time

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 08-08-2014 02:00 PM 1356 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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How do you make time? How can you make time? How can you stop long enough to realize the value of turning your eyes away from your computer screen, your thumbs away from your mobile device, your self towards doing something with more lasting value?

Making time. This is a curious concept. It is the one thing we are always running out of, or we have none of it for that thing, or someone is wasting our small resource of it. Time. Precious. And yet when we spend our time working on something that enriches our lives, when we make something of our time, how it fills us with satisfaction.

At the Studio, we teach skills to make & repair the connection between our hands, our heart, and our mind. We teach the value of spending time on ourselves. Because if we experience satisfaction at the bench, time well spent at the bench, this has an effect on everyone that we meet. All of us need to engage in building & creating. It is one of our most basic pursuits. Make some time for yourself and build something of value.

The Northwest Woodworking Studio

-- Gary Rogowski...follow my wit and wisdom on twitter @garyrogowski

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#1 posted 08-08-2014 02:13 PM

This is always a challenge – I look for opportunities even if they are only 20 minutes. Here is a post I put together on the subject (if you are interested ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 08-08-2014 05:25 PM


Again, a well thought out posting. I think and feel that age has something to do with that realization about time? I also strive to be “living in the present” and ””making the most of it and appreciating it.”

Woodworking can do this.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 08-08-2014 06:45 PM

Yes, with five kids, one of them a coach and the other four playing on different baseball teams is a fun activity

-- Norman

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#4 posted 08-09-2014 02:35 AM

As always, well put Gary.

”if we experience satisfaction at the bench, time well spent at the bench, this has an effect on everyone that we meet”

My wife certainly knows this about me. You just articulated it better than I could have.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#5 posted 08-09-2014 11:40 PM

Well said Gary, With the pull of all the stuff out there to take up our time, I struggle often with being so “isolated” in the workshop. For the most part I have a very understanding wife, who is creative in her own right. I might be designing a new project or working on a current one, and then I wonder why I’m not out fishing, going kayaking, exploring. It’s not so easy to balance all those experiences. Still, I love the time at the bench, in the shop, most as my time to create.

By the way, I just have to mention that you look so much like my Dad. I have a Fine Woodworking article about you that gave me chills because it looked just like my Dad doing it.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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