My Workshop Remodel #3: Bringing the Tao of Pooh to My Shop

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Blog entry by OttoH posted 01-08-2012 01:46 AM 1676 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One of my favorite books is The Tao Of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, in it he uses Winnie The Pooh as an example of the perfect uncarved block. That is what I am attempting to do in my shop, make it the perfect uncarved block so that I do not have anything that will lead me to doing the layout in a way that was done before. I want to be able to think of new possibilities and not be conformed to the past.

In order to do this I spent the day working on the front half of my shop, I think I have made major strides in cleaning the canvas, I am extremely tired, but pleasantly pleased with the results of 9 hours of work. Tomorrow is Sunday, the day of rest, and I believe I have earned all the rest that I can get, so I will place the shop on hold until next weekend when I return from my business trip and then continue with the back half of the shop.

I want to thank everyone for the tips that they have sent to me or have placed in the comments. A special thanks to Wolflrv for bringing Tom Clark’s book Practical Shop Cabinets to my attention, it looks like one that will be well worth getting to help me get ideas in the redesign of my shop.

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 05:01 AM

That’s a nice blank slate there to work with!! Showing much progress! It’s really liberating to get to start and work from scratch and build in what you want.

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 05:42 AM

You have tons of potental for an incredible shop there!

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