|Forum topic by cathyb||posted 175 days ago||1081 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
175 days ago
As some of you know my dear friend and neighbor Walter Craver passed away last year. His death had a tremendous impact on me. Walter loved to rebuild old sports cars. His last car was a ‘63 MGB. He had a stroke before he was able to get the engine finished. The stroke affected his vision and his doctor took away his driver’s license. To Walter that was a death sentence. In spite of his handicap, he tried to finish the car. That didn’t happen. The car was never finished….... In my forum at the time, I remarked that it would almost kill me to not be able to finish a project. I am absolutely serious about that. Some time has passed, but my sentiment has not.
On the anniversary of his passing, I ordered a study guide and signed up for a class to pass the Hawaii real estate exam. Yesterday I signed on with Coldwell Banker. My plan is to phase out my woodworking over the next four years. For all those precious pieces of koa that I have been hoarding, now is the time to get those final show stoppers created and out there. I want to end this amazing experience at the peak of my journey.
It has been thrilling to learn about wood and all the tools. Along the way, I’ve taken some knocks and I am proud of myself for getting back up and proving all the nay sayers wrong about my ability. It was almost by accident that I stumbled upon Lumberjocks.com. I can’t even begin to express how much I cherished your humor, advice, support and inspiration. Your work and talent lifts my spirits every day. Each morning in the shop I was never really alone. There were plenty of other LJs toiling away in a cloud of dust creating incredible pieces. Thank you all for that. You guys have been my rock and God will surely reward you for your kindness over the years.
I’ll post pieces as I can, but I have to focus on that new star now. I intend to get my broker’s license within the next three years to give me some flexibility. I love a challenge and this one should be a doozie!
-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com