On a few occasions I peep at thoughts, the sharing of others and find an enjoyment of sincerity and growth in others which of course translates to a growth in myself.
Why did I start writing it now? Perhaps a quiet place where only those searching would find me. Do I lack the confidence to share what I have learnt? Perhaps. As I have grown older (This without comparison to the age of others, but my own journey) I have found that most of what we do in woodworking has been done before and often better. Thus the longer I think about it, the more I feel I am ill-equipped to offer much beyond my thoughts. You know those moments when you are working alone? When all manner of drab and dull thinking is surrounded by the contented happiness of the actual doing? Then from nowhere….really?? those occasional epiphanies. Reinventing the wheel so to speak. Something you find later written by someone else, yet for that moment, it was your own. The first. In the quietness of the shop when you have just switched off a machine, that ringing still in your ears, you are awestruck.
This is it for me. A personal journey that up to now I share with few. I feel humbled as I get older.
Yesterday a fellow woodworker came to me with a laminated pine stool top with a circumference of 350mm. He asked whether I would turn it for him as his lathe was too small. The next question: “Do you mind if I watch while you turn?” I chuckled and answered that I prefer working alone. Here was the rub. Alone. My successes and failiures alike, happened alone. Reaching for success, whatever that is, is something most of us do better once we have realised what our personal definition of it is. I am accomplished at what I do, I do it efficiently and to the best of my ability. I have done this for nigh 20 years now, this making a living largely as a woodworker and of late, a metalworker as well. As needs must, the devil drives. Or something like that.
These are meanderings possible best kept to myself. Fortunately the site is large and there is so much interesting work out there that only a few will find this little meandering.
Todays thought…as ever…to live this moment and its immediate neigbours to the full.