I think, with all the hostility that has been in the air to take a moment, let the fan blow in a fresh breeze, and reflect on LumberJocks, why I came here, and what this site has done to accentuate my life. I have been here just 17 days short of a year and I can honestly say that no job, no school, no internet site has had as large an impact on my well being as this community has. I am extremely grateful for that.
It is said that “Without a vision, the people perish.” That is what this place has provided, among other things. When I first started this hobby, a few years ago, I was like a child ignorant of not only what I could do at the time but what I could potentially grow into. I did not have friends in the woodworking scene and most of you know how it is when you try to discuss with friends and family a passion that is not shared. The eyes start to blank and you see the mind drifting to a far off place where wood is just something you knock on. After nearly a year of reading posts, making friends, contributing what small items I thought worthy of note, my understanding and vision of what I could potentially accomplish has expanded far more than I thought was possible.
I would like all of you to step back for a moment, think about the first time you turned a hollow form or made shavings with a plane that was crisp and light. Remember the first time you used a jointer and planer and made that first rough board look better than store bought. Think about the first time you noticed your chisel cutting, rather than breaking the fibers, or the first project that made you feel glee rather than a form of hopelessness that made you feel unworthy of the hobby.
Whether or not you are aware, all of you gave this gift to me. You all inspire me to try things I would not previously consider and you all have given me confidence in my hands that I would not have previously had. That joy, that passion, those moments in the shop where there is a sense of peace and tranquility that runs through the body, no matter how crazy the world might get, is what it is all about.
I thank you all for the gifts you have given me,
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.