I’ve been away from woodworking for a while and while it was in a roundabout way my choice, I miss making sawdust. Lemme explain.
It will be 19 months since my wife and I welcomed our twins into the world in a couple of days. Ever since they were born, I wanted to move closer to family and the only place I could get a job and hope for continued employment in my field (database development), was here in Reno, about 40 miles North of her parents. In July, we took the plunge and I accepted a position out here and uprooted my family. Little did I know that the sub-prime markets were going to $#!+ the bed and losses all over Wall Street would freeze up the housing market, thus making it more difficult to sell our house in Colorado and buy a new one out here. Luckily, in this family doing whatever it takes to help out other family members is a priority. My wife and kids are currently staying down with her parents and I am staying with her Aunt about a mile away from my work. We figured with the gas prices as lovely as they are right now, an hour-each-way commute might not be the best thing. But all of this moving and rooming in houses not my own has left me with a big void in my woodworking time.
I’ll get to the point. A couple of weeks ago, my wife asked me why I haven’t taken my woodworking tools up to my Aunts house and use the spare time I have up there in the evenings to do some ww’ing. What a brilliant woman. So the last couple of weeks have been filled with me setting up my disassembled (for the move) table saw and Router table. And I think I might be able to finish the dresser that I promised my Mother-In-Law in time for Christmas. I think I am headed out tonight to get some plywood for the Mortising Jig from ShopNotes #64 and then I’ll be back to makin’ dust. Absence has definitely made the heart grow fonder and I am enjoying my new found time in the shop. Up ‘til now its all been strictly classroom stuff, you know, listening to WoodTalk Online, watching the Wood Whisperer, and catching up on back issues of ShopNotes.
One thing that I have been able to continue is BBQ, due to the fact that my Father in law has the same smoker that I do. I’ve been able to smoke ribs on two occasions, a pork butt last weekend, and I just found out for Christmas I’ll be smoking the 17lb turkey. When my wife first mentioned the turkey, for some reason I thought of the smoking time for a butt or a brisket, which is roughly 1-1.5 hours per pound and told her it would take almost a day to smoke. After I thought about it for a while, I realized poultry is much different than those meats and adjusted my estimate to only be about 8 hours or so because the turkey will only need to be cooked for 30-45 minutes per lb.
So in short my hobbies (and the topics of this blog) are picking up in fine fashion from where I left them in Colorado.
Thanks everyone for reading and the kind comments on the last post.