The retired life #1: Adjusting

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Blog entry by Russ posted 08-31-2010 05:55 AM 1301 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It has been 3 weeks since I “retired”, on vacation but once that is done then it is for real. In this period of time there have only been about 3 days off. It is exciting to get to the shop and work on techniques and build things. The shop is mostly clean and stays that way because the average time i spend in it is about 7 hours a day. It is humorous to me that I was concerned if I would use my time wisely, it seemed too easy to relax and let the time slip by but that has not been the case. One my most recent purchases is a lathe so I have been making blanks of spoons and spatulas, made a total of 25 blanks yesterday. I approach this the same a cooking, my former profession, completing individual tasks before starting the next. I have picked up a few refinishing jobs too so there is not much room in the shop. I find and repair furniture that we find at the transfer stations and if it doesn’t go in the house it goes to habitat for humanity, should have a couple pieces ready by this Friday when their store is open. What a great way to practice and maybe get a tax break! I will post some photos tomorrow. Thanks for reading.

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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#1 posted 08-31-2010 06:02 AM

Congratulations on retiring!

What kind of cooking did you do?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 08-31-2010 07:01 AM

I know what you mean I retired last December and it took me some time to adjust. But now I do what I want or the wife wants, which I think is the same thing. Enjoy your retirement and life, it only gets better from here.

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#3 posted 08-31-2010 07:26 AM

Gee, it doesn’t sound like you retired to me. You never mentioned beer, lazyboy or tv once.

All joking aside, it must be nice having all that time to do the things you want to. I hope you enjoy it for many years to come.

-- Rick, Canada,

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#4 posted 08-31-2010 07:58 AM

Congrats on retiring, and your recent anniversary on lumberjocks ! Just think, you are ahead of the game. I’ve been retired for a few years now, and it took me almost 3 years to discover the passion and discipline of working with wood. Be happy that you’ve been able to find a few repair jobs. It will help you to hone your craft. remember, the first lesson we learn in woodworking seems to be humility…....

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#5 posted 08-31-2010 01:18 PM

Congratulations on retiring.

Glad that you’re finding something you enjoy to occupy your time.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#6 posted 08-31-2010 01:31 PM

Russ, I think that’s great. I was looking forward to retiring myself soon but now I’m not so sure since the housing industry went bottom side up – but I’m glad that you were able to and hope that you have many, many more pleasant days in your workshop. For now I’ll just have to be content with my weekends.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 08-31-2010 02:18 PM

Russ, know how you feel, just “retired” the end of June. Great idea on the furniture and Habitat. Nice!!! I just bought a shed to transfer everything out of my shop /garage and will be building it in about 6 weeks when it comes in. Keep up the good work . Again Great idea.

-- 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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#8 posted 08-31-2010 05:26 PM

Thanks for all the good comments! Ron, at the end of my cooking career I was a “production cook” at a military installation, certainly not glamorous but it paid a lot better than being a chef and gave me the retirement. It also allowed me to buy the tools, build the shop and practice something I had wanted to do since being a young man. Had my dad not gotten me into the teamsters during the pipeline I was thinking of the carpenters craft.I love cooking too but there is not much money in it and employees are a necessity. The craft of cooking has declined significantly since I started 20 years ago, pride is a rare quality to find, thanks so much food chains! I decided to do this blog because I check this sight every day and feel i owe some to all the people around the world who share the love of working with wood. Have a great day!

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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