Having put the finishing touches on my latest project (that would be my second project ever) I decided to try and free a woodspirit from a piece of 2×4. The wood had edges of bark still on it, as well as lots of splinters-in-waiting.
How to clean this up, I ask myself. I could ask Rick, but he was buy installing a wood vice and I hated to interupt him for the umpteenth time, so I decided to take matters into my own hands. What could I lose? A piece of old 2×4? So, “take a chance”, I told myself, “and just try something. It will either work or it won’t. When you are done you will know a little more than when you started.”
I picked up my Dremel, pretty much closed my eyes and selected a bit, hoping that it was indeed for sanding, and started attacking the rough spots of the wood. It was working, I guess. At least I was “creating”.
A few moments later, Rick was by my side, silently watching. “Is this working”, I asked. His response was, “what are you trying to do?” Ah, well that is a good response for a guide – don’t assume you know what the goal is!! I replied, “sand off these chunks of wood. Will this work?” Supportive as ever, he said, “seems to be working.” Knowing that there was more to that answer than meets the eye/ear, I followed the response with, “what would YOU do?” And so the entry into the chisel world began.
With my piece of wood clamped in the new wood vice, I began to scrape away at the unwanted fibres of wood. And now I know why so many woodworkers leave their power tools behind and make the commitment to hand tools!
What a beautiful feeling.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)