Where to begin…...?
Listen to this, then read on…....
(It’s better with the speakers way up)
Dream Theater has got to be one of my favorite bands. Too bad they aren’t really functional right now…..
I think that song sums it up. I have a philosophy that if you aren’t moving forward then you must be moving backwards. One way or the other you are always moving.
I don’t know about the rest of you lumberjocks, but I work a sometimes hectic schedule. When I’m not at work there tends to be plenty going on at home. Aside from that I usually have a lot on my mind. One person that fills up my thoughts and prayers is my brother-in-law. He is currently fighting for his life in his third battle with leukemia. His fiance is keeping up a blog here. I ask that each and every one of you keep him in your prayers. I have faith that his is going to make it through this battle.
With all of this in mind, I like to enjoy woodworking. I like the fact that it provides me with a way to relieve stress. To me it’s the best way to fight off the 2 pounds I added to my rear end working in front of a computer all day. I’m pretty sure most of you guys don’t enjoy cleaning shop, sharpening tools or patching the leaky roof of your shop. I sure don’t. I like to go to the shop and work on a project. Currently I’m working on the top for my future workbench. Some nights I get a lot done, some nights I don’t, that’s how it goes. Tonight, I finally got to put my Tormek 2000 to use. When I got it the unit was in good shape, but it was missing needed attachments. I ordered the basic accessories from www.sharpeningsupplies.com and received them last week. The day I got them I realized how untrue the grinding wheel on the unit really was, which rendered it useless. I have been waiting a week for the delivery of the Tormek truing tool, it finally arrived today. After some work, I have a trued up wheel. I re-ground my No.5 plane iron and honed it on my translucent Arkansas stone. I was ready to go, It only took me about three hours to get to that point. Ten minutes into planing my oak workbench top and I was wore out. It was a move forward, but not much of one. I only flattened a small area of that wood slab, but it’s that much farther ahead than I was a few hours ago.
I guess all in all, I’m led to reflect on the motion of things. Sometimes we have setbacks that make our accomplishments seem rather small. Sometimes moving forward takes time, a lot longer than we really want. Just keep in mind, the journey forward, setbacks and all, will one day make a hell of a story. The key is to keep at it in this constant motion.
-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi