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Blog entry by Eric posted 02-24-2009 11:02 PM 847 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shop is lonely. It hasn’t seen work in weeks. But I’ve learned to wood working gods still create dust. I haven’t confirmed that it’s sawdust. I don’t have that kind of time. I don’t have much of any time it seems.

The good news is the cause. Not the cause of the dust, but the lack of shop time. Two weekends ago we celebrated the arrival of our second child. Happy baby girl, Lyla.

I knew it was coming, but it was quite a shock. I had been working in my shop about every day. And when I wasn’t out there, I was reading about woodworking. I was right in the middle of a very basic project – a couple of pairs of stilts for some friend’s children. Now I’ve been “working” from home, but I get a couple minutes here and there. Not enough to begin to think about going in the shop. Not that I have the energy for it either.

I happen to have the house to myself today and I walked through the garage (aka shop) to take out the trash. I saw the long pine stilts and just for a second I thought to myself, “What is that?” What I saw were just the ends sticking out. Over the two weeks we keep tossing things out into the garage and crap has started to pile on the workbench, the table saw and project in progress.

Piling up

This happened with our first child. It’s just amazing how this all had been forgotten. He’s almost two now and I had begun to be able to work in the shop and he’d amuse himself with a pile of sawdust.

So I think I’m going to leave the light and the radio on to keep my tools company.

-- ED

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#1 posted 02-24-2009 11:38 PM

Congratulations on your new arrival!

good thing about the shop – it’ll always await you with open arms.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 02-24-2009 11:41 PM

Also the best wishes on the little 2 year old addition to our world and like your workshop too.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 02-25-2009 01:36 AM

I went from 1980 to 2008 before I began working in the shop again. Marriage, moving, job, kids, kids college took 28 years away from woodworking. But, it’s good to be back.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 02-25-2009 02:17 AM

it gets better just wait until you have to drive them to Piano, swimming, danse lessons, skating lessons, dates no strike that, I am never driving them to a date ,further more they are never going on a date well…........ we will see LOL. I have two girls as well 11 and 6 it is great!!!!but thye dont help much in the shop.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#5 posted 02-25-2009 03:14 AM

Eric, Congrats on the new addition. My daughter is also 2 and with the playroom next to the shop I am trying to encourage her to play there while daddy works. It is an ongoing lesson :)..
Sure you’ll see some shop time in the not too distant future.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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