My old boss once told me that “man thinks, God laughs” Well I have to say right about now the Big guy must be thinking i,m just hysterical. In my last blog I related the tale of how things had gone from bad to worse here in the Philippines ( sad violin music optional) and how business wise it just didn,t happen.Well all I can say about this year is it has been more of the same. None of my plans have gotten off the ground, I was supposed to have my workbench completed by now and a couple of sawhorses, not to mention a traditional tool chest and I was hopeing to be well on the way to completing my handplanes and the bicycle free wheel treadle lathe that has always intrigued me, but financial hardship and illness have taken their toll this month and the only good thing was the free wood I was given, which should be enough for some picture frames or small boxes, just enough for me to practice my new found desire to make all my projects by hand. But at least there has been another opportunity apear before me, not related to woodworking in any way, that I should be able to take advantage of, if God would just stop laughing at me for a moment. I don,t want to say to much about it as I don,t want to jinx it, but it would mean an end to my career as a woodworker, in the professional sense at least, and to be honest I will not be shedding any tears at this turn of events, in fact the beers are on me!
I will be glad to see the back of the factories, glad to be out of the noise, the dust and the danger. Glad to free myself of the pressures of deadlines, the shop floor politics, the tedium of standing at a machine for days at a time, pushing buttons to produce thousands of pieces of average furniture that only have to look good for a couple of years until they end up on the kerbside for someone else to collect as junk.
So despite the hardtimes i,m thankfull this site is here to entertain and inspire. Frustratingly I don,t have much in the way of woodworking projects to share with you at the moment, I can only offer comments where I think i,m relevant and admire the projects that get the juices flowing and keep me motivated and positive. And if this new oportunity comes to pass I will finally be able to post pictures of my hand tool only workshop, I might even wear a puffy sleeved shirt and a silly hat, Just like Adam Cherubini!
Here,s a couple of different veiws of Filipino woodworking. Which would you choose to work in?
-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand