|Forum topic by Greg3G||posted 02-07-2008 06:34 PM||1116 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
02-07-2008 06:34 PM
As I stepped into the workshop, I could hear something scurrying around just before I turn on the light. I know that sound; it’s the pencils fleeing to the hidden places around the shop. I have come to believe that they have created a “Pencil Preserve” somewhat akin to the wildlife preserves on the savannahs of Africa. A place where they can take refuge from the abuses of the pencil sharpener or the bite of a distracted woodworker.
These subjugated objects feel unappreciated but in reality are one of the most valuable tools in the shop. They set the course for the saws, chisels, and drill bits. They transform ideas into illustrations and guide the turning of that illustration into reality. I think that they feel looked down upon by the other tools because they are most often blamed for errors by the unwitting workman who used them. Is it the lowly pencil’s fault the person made the mark in the wrong place? No, the pencil, just like any other tool is only as accurate as the operator at the time of its use. Most people blame the pencil or the tape measure (another blog for another day.) for an error in length or an appointment logged on the wrong day. No wonder they scurry away in the darkness of the shop, seeking the peace of the Pencil Preserve. Some have even taken to fleeing in the full illumination of the light. You know what I mean. You use one of your pencils and lay it down, next time you reach for it, it is gone. Off to where it is safe from the sharp teeth of the sharpener or the wrath of a woodworker who realized his mistake too late.
So show your pencils how much you appreciate them. Put them in a place of honor, perhaps next to those prized hand planes or antique saws. Let them know how valuable they are to you. Place your trust in them. Then, just maybe, they will begin to emerge from their hiding places to take their rightful place in our shop.
-- Greg - Charles Town, WV