Of day anyway…
It has been almost 6 months since I posted anything on here. It has been a rocky spring and summer. The Spring here in Michigan was a very wet one and I spent more time keeping my shop from becoming excessively flooded than actually working in it. I was able to keep the water at bay and no damage to the tools and wood, just a little more flotsam and jetsam then I am particularly used to. My company was sold to an Asian company in Februrary and the overseas support that was supposed to “augment” our staffing has now shifted to replacing it. My brother who has lived with me since his diagnosis of MS over two years ago was becoming quite antsy in regards to his disability hearing and had a cancellation occur the day before his hearing. The atmosphere was a little on the tense side and definitely did not lead to inspiration in the more artistic realm.
But like all things, both good and bad, those times are here only for a season.
I took a trip to Chicago in July and spent some time in a few museums, looked at the city from the top of the Willis Tower. They have large open views from the sky deck and sometimes looking at things from that vantage point gives you a little perspective. You can see a million dots, from above, each representing a person, a lifetime of stories of successes and failures that are not your own, and it makes your own trials seem less uniqute or daunting. The museums were a pleasant outing. I was able to see wood craft from many different cultures spanning several millenia. I was also able to look at the whole evolution of technology and history in many different fields. To summarize, within a 48 hour period of time I was in an Egyptian tomb, a Nazi U-Boat, stood in the tallest building, touched a module that had went into space, viewed a Van Gogh, looked at a Mayan sun wheel, witnessed woodworking since the dawn of man, watched fireworks while laying on my back in a boat in the middle of Lake Michigan, and spent time talking to a Beluga whale. Not a bad way to spend a few days :)
Recharged I came back and things started to change. My brother won his settlement without a challenge from the occupational expert. He moved out a couple weeks ago and has a nice apartment about two miles from me. I recieved an offer of employment with another company last Thursday. I will be making close to my current salary as an hourly worker. I have been on salary for the last 7 years with no idea on what my schedule would be. The hiring manager was a guy that I worked with a few years ago. I left an impression on him and he really greased the wheels to make the process as quick and painless as he could. Just goes to show that as tempting as it is to act out on frustration or to wage war against your employer, you never know who might be watching or taking notice of your work. I am glad I learned to not burn any bridges if I can help it. My brother gave me the funds, as a parting gift, to purchase the 14” Grizzly Ultimate Bandsaw. I have it on a mobile base and was able to purchase the riser blocks as well.
So now I have a new job, house to myself, and most of the concerns I have for my immediate family alleviated. I visited Mike (jockmike2) last week and he is looking good. All rev’d up to give me a hand building furniture for my empty nest. My life has been given back to me and I have the tools to do something with that time.
What more can an aspiring woodworker ask for?
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.