A Hard Place To Get To

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Blog entry by amateur posted 03-07-2011 12:58 PM 3414 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Work, family, community, faith, work, household chores, walking the dog, work…who has time for woodworking? As an amateur (one who does it for the love of it), my people and responsibilities, though I love them all, regularly push my furniture making passion to the back burner. Perhaps that is why time in the shop is so satisfying.
Lunchbreak at work was spent separated from co-workers today so that I could make a sketch update and plan the most efficient way to execute. My couple of hours of making chips and dust will quickly fade into bedtime, so I had better have a plan.
“Hmm, what if I taper the legs a little less and use through mortise…?” time to get back to work already? That was fast. Folding my notes and doodles and cramming them into my pocket, I take a second bite of my sandwich and stuff the rest back into the bag to graze on throughout the day. A bite here and there when no one is looking.
Five o’clock arrives right on time and I am heading for my truck when the cell phone rings. It’s a work emergency (it really was an emergency) and I am needed to stay an hour or two later than planned.At least traffic will be lighter on a late drive home.
Ah yes, home. Omigosh! Not yet! Son’s soccer game across town! If I hurry I can get there for the second half.
So, that’s game, dinner, catch up with family, and then slip away to the shop for an hour or two. Well, maybe I can skip dinner tonight. Food is for mortals.

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 03:49 PM

Ah, yes, the real world comes and bites you eveerytime. Part of it is the passion to do it. Just finding the time to do it is another story like yours. I guess one way to look at it is, your workshop is like a good dogg, always there and waiting or you. Dont give up!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#2 posted 03-07-2011 04:26 PM

you skip dinner, i skip sleep.

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#3 posted 03-08-2011 02:32 AM

Hokie—I skip a lot of sleep too. It also is for mortals.
Gary—Give up? I can’t if I wanted to, the shop pull is simply too strong.

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