Wether your shop is filled to the walls with the latest and fastest powered equipment or you may entertain the challenges of hand tool work, technology has definitely taken great force in our modern times for almost anything you can think of.
Just the other evening I found myself being reminded of just how much information you can click and save on woodworking, music, history, etc….it is so present in our daily lives we all have become quite expected to be instantly served data of any kind quickly. If and when this does not happen…we usually become unsettled, angry, or panicked almost as if a portion of our bodies has been eliminated…lol.
It’s good to laugh at all this gizmo madness and all the while on the other hand it is pretty scary even a little sad. Where are we going exactly? Fumbling about like zombies watching television on our droid cell phones…remember them?..droids?....did you ever really think at some point the robots in 1977’s Star Wars would actually be a gadget to call up your friend to have over so you can watch the game…on your movie house sized high definition entertainment system. Call up C-3PO we may just be doomed master Luke…lol.
My fascination for this themed composition is that I totally love shutting off this gigabyte world for a few hours daily if possible so I can retreat to my shop and pretend basically I am in a different time period. But why is that? Why at 41 years old do I crave this? I think for me I want to keep a relationship with real things like trees, birds, the smell of flowers and surely old tools. Ok, lots of old tools. But it is rather funny to type these thoughts down on my apple computer….see…more tech!
There is some very basic element that is satisfying to me to feel a spokeshave glide paper thin shavings down a work piece. The skills seem easy and yet as that spokeshave blade progresses it’s cut I realize my eyes must guide the paths of grain, wood sailing if you like in the seas of pine, cherry or whatever is available.
I guess a woodworking commercial break is in order..lol. Here is a preview of my latest spoon project.
To see the whole pictorial please click here!
I have stated before that I enjoy the social outsider capacities of this old grunt work too at times….it’s sort of fun to have something that’s not always cutting edge (hey there’s a good pun) or the fastest way to finish a project. What happened to all of us on the planet anyhow? Sometimes I see us all like a bunch of crazed ants always wanting the speed and rarely knowing the need. My neighborhood has continued to increase with traffic and far too much road kill at an almost daily rate. I think a little slowing down is well in order….hold on…gotta call on my cell….lmao…..just kidding….it was a text.
With all of this I have come to the comedic conclusion that all you can do is try to restore balance in your life. Enjoy a little ipod with your millers falls as you bore that mortise, text your friend to tell him about your new hand plane you just got from ebay, facebook your friends about that new axe sharpening routine (but be careful how you word that…lmao), or tweet….ummm….......nah,...hell friends….I ain’t tweetin’ a dam thing…................yet…..lmao!
Of course we have our lumberjocks as well….here is a wonderful showcase of artisans from all parts of the globe varying in styles and approaches to wood work. We have to be grateful for that technology. Just think somewhere as I sit in my little part of the woods in NJ all of you are out there in different time zones some working wood, some asleep, all through the world of the computer. That’s pretty amazing.
It’s amazing…and it’s great that we all can share in it. We have the ability to share our time and talents of something we really love putting our souls into ….woodworking.
I thank you all for sharing those talents and time with me.
This is Joe in HQ (High Quality) sending a cheers!
-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB