The hobby of woodworking, it’s something most enjoyed when I need to get away from noise, get next to nature and temporarily tune out the depression of the bad news in life.
In my shop I can create something for me and the people I care about. I can dream of builds I have yet to make and I can play with the woodworkers toys of Plane, saw, and chisel.
It is so easy to get pulled into what our world has become…. a race of ants hurrying about and yapping into phones and looking for more of something you can never be satisfied by….lol. Everyone trying so hard to outdo the other…I think out there in the stars Jupiter really does not give a dam….lol
I received a handplane I had won on ebay and in the midst of cheers and…..yessss….....I got it babbbby!…haa…..I stopped to realize after my celebration that it was a widow selling some of her husbands beloved collection…..and It was the greatest handplane that I will ever have for many more reasons far more important than a toy to work with.
It’s a 5 1/2, a real beauty if you like these bulldozer Stanley’s….lol…a type 16. The pics…wow….did it justice when seeing in person. I knew by the description….it was loved and cared for.
I wrote her my satisfaction and thanks as well as my condolences for her loss…losing her husband a mere six months ago.
She wrote me this wonderful letter in return…told me she had known him since she was 15 and now after 53 married years she wrote how hard it is and thanked me for my kind words.
She went on to express how much he loved to collect old Stanleys…it was a real passion of his.
Now this plane…..I don’t care to call it mine…......I am just taking care of it for John.
The hobby of woodworking, it’s something most enjoyed when I meet people that share the love of this craft and learn us lessons more than dovetails and mortices. Time is precious for sure.
So it rests easy…... in my till with some pine shavings, somehow I think he would have wanted it like that.
Be good to each other friends,
-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW