Ok. So first of all I have been a lumberjocks creeper for a couple of years now. Not completely, I have posted some of my work but mostly this site is my way to unwind after my day in the shop. Second, This is my first blog…ever…anywhere so give me some grace on the format, expression, whatever…This is really more of a exhale than anything…
I have always had the desire to woodwork. A few years ago I found myself landing a part time job in a small cabinet shop working nights. This just turned the desire into an addiction. Well as time goes on and you tell a couple people what you do you soon find yourself doing side projects and making a little more money. Pretty soon the addiction took complete control over my life and I started my own part time business. I now had two full time jobs!!! After a couple years of this I figured I needed to decide if I was going to make the leap into being self employed full time or take less work because of burnout. Well as it turned out soon after I got laid off from my steady paycheck job so that was my answer. I jumped in with both feet. This has been bitter-sweet for my. I get to do what I love to do but I have slowly been losing my love of what I do. Everyday is a job now and I am losing my passion for it.
When I come to lumberjocks and page through the projects I drool over the creativity and passion from all of you. I dream of just messing around and enjoying it again. I long for the time for myself to get absorbed into a piece of wood that transforms into an object that will be displayed or given to someone that will stir up a conversation or two. I miss that. So now I have grown to the point of “hiring” my son and business partners son to learn the trade. I spend all day training, fixing mistakes and always behind schedule.
Wow, this is a rant…or maybe its just whining. This was a especially challenging week for me so I guess I just needed to unload. Anyway, My point is meant to be that I look forward to stopping by and seeing all the beautiful work here and daydreaming about being able to work with some African padauk, or purple-heart, or figured cherry.
So how do those of you who do this for a living keep your passion alive. Where do you find the balance in your day? I am thinking that after the newbies are running on there own I will be back in that special place again but maybe I will have uncovered a new set of challenges….
Thanks for allowing me to vent out all my whining….I am feeling better already…..
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