It's awful quiet!

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Blog entry by oscorner posted 02-19-2007 12:28 PM 981 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

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#1 posted 02-19-2007 12:57 PM

Hey oscorner.. no worries, I’m up too.. however it is day here ;) I’m so busy working on the pulse revamp these days that I have very little time to post. But once done I will definitely post about it so stay tuned…

I also hope to see 400 new ideas and projects shared today ha!

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#2 posted 02-19-2007 01:34 PM

Of course, I’m up, but then it’s only 22:30 here.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 02-19-2007 01:37 PM

Hi Mark;
—-well you hit my radar screen here, so top o’ the morn to you!

Actually I’m all-ways around this time in the morning, plugged in here and elsewhere. Been busy this morning thinking of this weeks production of work escapades and also what’s coming for Apiril. So much to do early in the morning here….what with wood fires and stoves to get going, and then there comes the buisness end. New gallery up here that wants some of my work and I have to make time to get the pieces to them. Making new photo files for some galleries that are accepting for spring showings of new work and then the list of interior designers that I must keep in touch with….plus is there time for my new blog of the day post here….and all this, wait—-did I forget something….?

Finished a window seat which I will try an get online soon, yesterday I made another piece of Japanese wood art to go with a tea set for a show coming up at the last of March and also found some time to work on a mallet I have hand rived from oak wood and am now in the process of shaping with chisels and gouges….question is now, do I make this mallet for a show piece are for bashing around here?

And then in just a short time here, it’s off for some eats, and then I have to get physical with some wood around here today….

Life is full and I am art-fully having fun….but nothing is ever quite around here; just listen to the sounds of my head….


-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 02-19-2007 02:25 PM

gosh Martin – looks like we need a “time posted” added onto the pulse (just kidding).

I’m usually up by 5 AM but not this morning – (yawn). I got an extra hour sleep, making up for some tossing and turning earlier (perhaps it was Os keeping me awake, trying to get someone to come online).

Os, I don’t know how your body keeps up with that chaotic schedule. I hope that you can soon make a “shift” in your life that allows regularity and connection with all those things that you miss.

For me, the day will be filled with longing to build and dreams of ideas to create but, alas, the day will also be filled with cleaning and reorganizing of the household. Our house insurance company has a new policy that they make random visits to their policy holders, checking out the house that they are insuring. Never heard of this before and I’m not comfortable with it but it is as it is. And so I have to make sure that the wood shop in the basement is as safe as it can be and all the smoke detectors are working and of course the vacuuming/dishes/laundry etc to make the house visitor-welcome.

Silver lining: I’ll be confident that the house is as fire safe as I am aware that it can be. Interesting that this follows a previous discussion here at LumberJocks re: fire safety.
I’d better go get started so I can have a break later and check in on those 400 new projects!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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