Okay, once more, with feeling … I love this place. However, it does try my patience at times. The most recent challenge is a perfect example.
I am quite the novice at this woodworking thing and I’m pretty pleased with my progress, and even more so with what I’m learning to do and appreciate. As it turns out, I am learning a craft, a skill. And in the process I am learning to recognize and appreciate the skill in the work of others. A few years back I could not have known how difficult and beautiful simplicity can be. It’s a different world being surrounded by skilled artisans who are more than willing to share their skills through demonstration and encouragement.
Now the “Not Just Any Box” and “Muti-purposed 2×4” challenge is my first attempt at being judged. I don’t expect to actually win anything, but the challenge to actually “compete” was quite daunting. So, I mustered my elementary skills and creativity and stumbled right on in. The process is it’s own reward.
Of course seeing some of the other entries let me know that my place was solidly in the background. Yet, I was okay with that. I know full well that I am not ready for prime time. And still I have received more positive encouragement than I could have imagined. (Have I mentioned that I love this place?)
Now, as the challenge moves forward, I find that my patience is wearing a bit thin. First, those that post teasers are driving my crazy! I have minimal imagination so sometimes I hurt myself trying to figure out what you folks are building. I fully expect to be impressed, but I’m getting tired of waiting. Hurry up already!
And, the waiting causes another problem. Looking at the currently posted entries I’m having a difficult time deciding how to vote. If there are too many more entries, I’m pretty sure my head will explode and I won’t be able to vote. That would be a real downer. This is almost worse than waiting for Santa.
All seriousness aside, I appreciate the time that’s taken to show what’s being made and the process involved. As I said, I’ve learned alot from the multitude of blogs, projects and forums. I’m eager to see the results, so on with the show.
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