Let me start off by saying life is hard, no one needs to be reminded of that. Everyone has their own set of problems in life whether its the stress of everyday living, maybe you have a rough job where you and the work you do goes unappreciated, or maybe you have some kind of illness or injury. No matter what the issue is we all have one thing in common, the joy and love we get from woodworking. All of us are at different levels, skill sets and have different experiences when it comes to wood working, but all of us love it and get some kind of joy and satisfaction from it. Whether your an armature or a professional.
Personally speaking I love it, I love everything about woodworking. I love the satisfaction I get when I come up with a design or if I’m inspired by someone else’s work, I love the process of building and figuring things out on the fly and having to Improvise. I love seeing my finished project. I even love all the mistakes I make along the way, for me everything is a learning experience when it comes to this craft.
Recently I injured myself at my day job (non woodworking). I work at a college doing custodial work, unfortunately due to the nature of the job and all the heavy lifting I had to do I separated my shoulder very badly. As a result of this injury I was forced to stop working and go to physical therapy 3 times a week. It has been over 4 months now. During this time there has been no compensation given to me, no help from anyone and no clear advice on whether or not my job is secured. Throughout the months I would find out little by little about all these things, but It has been very hard to maintain high spirits. It is all very complex and stressful for me. Considering I have never been in this type of situation before. Needless to say it has put me in a very sour mood lately.
What does this have to do with woodworking you may be wondering? Well over the past 4 months I have spent every day in my shop. Not always building things, some days cleaning the shop and organizing, somedays practicing certain things like working with planes and chisels. Even in the blistering below freezing weather I was in my shop. Letting all my stress and frustration out. While working in the shop, specifically on projects I’m able to just forget about the hardships that life brings to me everyday. All the thoughts of my job security, my injured shoulder, the people that depend on me for work and money all of the stress. Everything that’s has to be delt with just melts away briefly in time. I’m able to relax, and just remain calm during these stressful times. I am happy that I am able to work on my projects when ever I am feeling stressed or upset, it always puts me in a great mood. I am also utterly and completely great full to have a loving caring wife who believes in me and supports my craft as an armature woodworker.