Morning all. I received a message a couple weeks ago from Bureaucrat, letting me know that I had reached my one year milestone. In the posting, he stated that he looked forward to seeing my next post. Ironically, I wasn’t able to really get on here since then (except to make a quick comment or two) and I feel a little guilty over that. My apologies to all and my thanks to Bureaucrat for keeping track of my LJ birthday. Very kind gesture and one that is greatly appreciated.
Since the holidays are pretty much here and all of us will soon be reflecting on the year that we are leaving behind as well as the next year that is approaching, I thought it fitting to share my thoughts of the past year today (especially since my boys are still sleeping. Long visit with them this week and they are keeping me hopping. I don’t have much “Me” time right now but I wouldn’t have it any other way.)
What has the last year brought me and how have things changed fro me since joining this site? I can honestly say that, for me, jointing LJs has been a life altering experience. I started out, just a couple of years ago, with the notion that I might make a few craft projects and tinker with wood a little. Not only was I ignorant, but I was also ignorant of my ignorance. I met a man named Jordan Straker on Facebook. Jordan posted some of his carvings on there and I was just amazed and exchanged some messages with him. While Jordan and I might not correspond frequently, I do feel a great deal of affection for the man and consider him a dear friend. He recommended this site to me and a whole new world opened.
Prior to this last year, my experience with tools have been minimal. Most hand tools felt alien to my hands. A tablesaw, drill, and miter saw made up most of my collection. While the output has not been substantial this year, I have become familiar with chisels and hand planes, routers, jointers, and planers. The lathe, which I had limited success in the past with, has become much more familiar to me thanks to the tutelage of fellow Lumberjock jockmike2. Mike has not only been a terrific mentor to me over the last year, he has also become one of my dearest of friends. He is definitely the most priceless of gifts that I have received in the last few years and I have this site and Martin to thank for that.
Mike, of course, was not the only one to extend their hand to me. I had many a bad day turn more positive thanks to the musings of Jim Bertleson and Dennis Grosen, the turnings, carvings, cutting boards, and boxes made by Bob Collins, Larry (degoose), BritBoxMaker (aka the professor), and of course Jordan. I loved checking the progress of Charles III (beginningwoodworker) as he updated us on completing his education, making items for his mother, and now just finished up on his first commissioned work. Such musings, postings, and sharings have much larger impact on the world at large than any of you realize. There are literally hundreds (thousands?) of others that I can mention here and the absence of a name is not to be taken as a slight, just efforts on my part to not make the post read like the list of names on the Vietnam Memorial.
So what is in store for me for the coming year? Definitely more efforts on my part to spend some time in the shop and exercise some of the new skills I have picked up over the last year. Things have been a little turbulent on the home and work front. I will strive to not let those things impact me and reduce the creative bursts down in the shop. I have a hundred projects on my list to do and the best way to get through that list is start at the top and complete the first :)
I wish you all a blessed holiday and great hopes for the upcoming year. My thanks to all of you that have made such a large impact in my life and made it so much richer.
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.