Hello men and women of the dust, another great day. I have been going through with-drawl from woodworking, been at it for 40yrs now and seem to be loosing interest. My memory goes back to when I used to try and encourage the “old-timers” to stick with it. After all they would surely miss it when they stopped. Now that I can finally claim old timer status I am beginning to understand their train of thought. The mind is as sharp as ever, but the joints and muscles seem to be uncooperative lately. Arthritus has invaded the fingers and so most days three hours is all I can take.
The best way to describe it is, I no longer see challenges in woodworking, yet the old time machines I started out with still hold fascination. I have had the new machines and have found some advantages, yet, there is nothing like an old time table saw or band saw or wood lathe, to make you feel at home.
Started out doing everything by hand, first 10 years and then started to put the shop together with tools that guys would push to the curb because of some malfunction. So, over the years I have built my shop from fixing and replacing, then trading or selling for a piece of equipment that seemed better than what I had. At this stage of woodworking, I find I still have interest in fixing and repairing the old beauties, so have started to rebuild the shop with machines form the 20’s and 30’s. Thanks for letting me rant, here’s a short prayer I have on the door of the shop, “Lord let those who do not work in wood, find something else that’s half as good. Clarkie.