Those Disgruntled Lazy Elves

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Blog entry by Shawn Sealer posted 01-15-2011 06:13 AM 1125 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this year’s holiday season was a productive one in my shop. I made lots of presents, baby blocks for my twin 1 and 1/2 year old nephews, a bunch of cutting boards, and a couple of other projects that I won’t mention because they’re not done yet. Yep, that’s right it’s well into January and I am still not done making Christmas gifts. I tried blaming it on the elves but that didn’t work. So I tried doing something unusual I told them the truth.

I tried to get them all done on time, but I started to rush and like most people when I rush I make mistakes. Not only in the project, but also in safety. I get rushing around and don’t put on my respirator, because it is all the way on the other side of the shop. The floor of the shop looks like a sawdust and scrap wood monster exploded, and tools become strewn all about the shop. I kept pushing and pushing to make that Dec 25th deadline. It was the week before Christmas and I started to realize that some of the projects were not going to get done. And for the first time in that hectic month I looked around at the mess. The sawdust covering every thing, the scrap wood tripping hazards all over the floor, and the tools left out all over everything. It was time to step back and take an unsawdust filled breath. I decided to finish the one project that was almost done. As well as put the finish on the ones that were done. I told all that were supposed to get presents that they would be late. They really didn’t mind. I guess no one likes getting presents handed to them from a bloody stump!

-- -Shawn

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 12:34 PM

slow and steady ….. and your last statement is rather an important one to remember :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 03:57 PM

I have always had problems with the Christmas time rush. I have had the experience of trying too hard in November to make something for the holidays. New philosophy is to try and make the occasional gift through the year and close shop in December so that I might actually enjoy the holidays rather than appear like a senile St. Nick who can’t get this schedule together ;)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 04:24 PM

You have a good idea there

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 08:31 PM

It’s nice when the moment of clarity comes from foresight rather than hindsight. I think your recipients will appreciate the fact that you took the added time rather than rushing the projects out the door.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 01-20-2011 06:17 AM

Thanks for all the comments. Dave, I think I am going to try that. I do like working on gifts in December so maybe I will save one or two small ones.

-- -Shawn

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