Yes, Yes I know it is now Tuesday. The problem is I was not home on Sunday night this week and did not have access to my PC. As I am sure many of you are sick of this winter that does not seem to quit I too am sick of it, I have been wearing a minimum of 4 layers to work everyday for the past 3 months now. So I decided it would be good to head somewhere warm. A rainy Saturday spent in a park run by a mouse though not the best thing sure beat a cold snowy Saturday spent working in a park.
Now don’t get em wrong working where I do is pretty sometimes even with the snow. As you can see here and it has it’s perks. I get a lot of wood to work with.
But a break is needed every so often. So here is the question I pose tonight. When you take that break… Do you find yourself looking at the area where you are differently as a woodworker? I have been going to the Disney Parks for a very long time, I have always loved what they do as far as architecture, technology, customer service and so on. I am though not a big fan of crowds so that has always been a challenge.
But since I have started working on my woodworking I also look through a different set of eyes. I am always on the look out for some wooden thing to add to my collection. I have found pens of which I have bought a few in the distant past, but now that I know how to make pens I find myself studying what not only they are selling but other retails and finding it harder to convince myself I should buy it. I look for things that are more complex, on a previous trip I found myself looking in a store in the Morocco area which I have never paid much attention to. But a collection of boxes caught my eye.
I found myself appreciating the woods and the assembly. The best part was they seemed to be a puzzle box. I started collecting Japanese Puzzle boxes at the park a number of years ago and decided this would be my newest.
Even more than those small wooden things I find I am more interested in the trees around and also the wood used in building a particular thing whether it is a whole building or just a piece of something.
Am I alone in this and just strange or do all woodworkers appreciate things a bit more and scrutinize them a little bit harder?
Have a good week in and out of the shop.
-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)