The silence is deafening at, 03:44 (that’s 3:44a.m. for those unfamiliar with military time). With four hundred, plus LumberJocks asleep, all dreaming of the smell of freshly cut lumber or the roar of a tablesaw, router, jointer or planer knawing through the wood fibers of what once was a tree. Dreaming of a design not yet realized. As the mind wonders…what to use: tenons, biscuits, dowels, rabbets, dadoes,etc. How will I construct it? Will I use Maple, Cherry, Walnut…or a combination of two or three? Or are you all dreaming of that new tool that you have been wanting? Maybe there is a new one in the shop and you are tossing and turning in bed, wishing the night would pass soon so you can enter your shop and start using it.
Maybe you are all sleeping like babies, without a care in the world. Maybe I’m the only one that is up and anxiously awaiting the time when I can enter my shop and start another project that will allow me to escape reality?
Of course, I’m up, not by choice. My job requires me to work twelve hour shifts. Days, nights, weekends, and holidays! So, when the sun rises in the morning, I’ll drive for an hour to get home. A little something for breakfast and straight to bed for at least four hours. I’ll set the alarm for, 11:00a.m. so I don’t miss my whole day off and so I can join the rest of you, tonight…asleep dreaming of woodworking. I’ll get another day off to try and take care of all the things needing my attention and if fate allows, I may even get some shop time, then back to work. I’ve been doing it for 25 + years and look forward to the day that I can spend my time sleeping late. When I can sleep when the stars are out and awake with the rising of the sun. The day when I can go see all those friends that there never seems to be time to visit, help those less fortunate than me, spend a day soaking in all the beauty that God has created for our pleasure.
Yes, with 400 + LumberJocks and growing, you’d think that someone around the world would be posting some newly made project, sharing some secret finishing process, jointery technique, something. But, no…all you have is a shift worker rambling from boredom.
As the sun rises…will there be 400 new projects started? 400 projects reaching their final stages of assembly? 400 new ideas of designs? I hope so!!
-- Jesus is Lord!