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Gerald Thompson

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09-14-2013 11:54 PM

My wife and I made three 1840 Shaker clocks in about three months. They all came out beautiful. Now everyone wants one. We are tired of the same process to the point we don’t even want to go into the shop to do any sort of wood working.
I have a blanket chest all cut out and glued up ready for dovetailing, etc. I cringe@ the thought.
I wonder how long this will last? I am 70 and I just don’t get excited about I tall as I used to.
Maybe I will go back to photography for a few months.

-- Jerry

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#1 posted 09-15-2013 12:06 AM

Jerry … I know what you mean. I have a nice shop with a bunch of terrific tools, but I am just UNMOTIVATED! I have orders for an entertainment center and set of barrister bookcases, but I just can’t seem to get started.

I actually set up sawhorses out on the driveway this week and used a circ saw to cut up a bunch of pressure-treated 2x for a compost bin for one of my daughters. It was something to do.

Sometimes a little break is what it takes to get the juices flowing again. So far, I’m not sufficiently juiced.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Dan'um Style

14039 posts in 3075 days

#2 posted 09-16-2013 12:06 AM

it is ok to take a break…hobbies should never be too serious

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 09-16-2013 12:16 AM

I have been busy since the beginning of August to redo our kitchen,but in a way I am happy to do that rather than spending time in my shop and trying to come up with a new something to build,if it doesn’t come naturally then a break is necessary.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 09-16-2013 08:58 PM

Taking a little break to recharge isn’t a terrible idea.

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#5 posted 09-17-2013 10:57 AM

Wow and I thought I was alone in lacking motivation.
Like Dane above, I have a nice well equipped shop but have lost my motivational factor. I have a blanket chest I’m building for my niece that is half done and just sitting there. Brother in law just gave me a huge stack of oak but I just can’t seem to find the drive I once had.
On the brighter side I bought me a new motorcycle (I’m 67) and intend to take some road trips. Then maybe the urge will get back to me.
Bottom line, you are not alone.

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 01:05 AM

As the saying goes, ” too much of a good thing’’. You need to get out and do other things once in awhile.You will appreciate what you have when you return.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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