First off I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to welcome me to the site when I found it and joined about a week ago. It was very much appreciated.
I love woodworking… always have. Over the years I have been able to acquire a lot of tools. Most are good names, a few are lesser names but I manage to get things done with all of them. As I tell my wife after getting yet another tool… “a man has got to have tools, dear.” To this she just shakes her head and smiles.
For a lot of years I was unable to work in my shop as I was incapacitated by illness. I’m sure that anyone who has suffered through recurring severe depression and anxiety will understand how you lose your interest, your ability to concentrate, your self esteem and your all around ability to function. However, a doctor who I like to call my angel sent from Heaven has finally got me back on track. I’m doing so much better.
For the last month or so it seems that I just can’t wait to get into the shop. I am just now becoming less afraid of my tools and I seem to be making a lot of headway. I made a cutting board that my wife went nuts over a couple of weeks ago. But there are a couple of lingering side effects. My concentration hasn’t completely come back and so the simplest thing – taking measurements for example – does not come easy. I’m very slow now. Things that should take a couple of hours to do now take 4 or 5 hours or more. I make mistakes – lots of mistakes – but at least I’m not getting frustrated when I do make one. My stamina is very low and so I tire easily. But when I get tired at least I have the common sense to know when to stop. But as I said… there is a vast improvement and I am really enjoying the time I spend in my shop now. I’m back to loving it. It goes without saying that finding this site has helped to bring back the desire to start working on projects as well. I’ve got a million of them running around in my head. Life is good.