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Gerald Thompson

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177 days ago

I have finally realized I am tired of woodworking and photography. I still have three clocks and a blanket chest to make and then I may well sell out. It has always been a struggle for me. I can’t, for the most part, read drawings and most written instructions are gibberish. After much introspection I also realized I have not felt any satisfaction in any completed projects. Going into the shop is as if I am going to work.
It will be difficult selling it all off. What if I get the “Urge” again? Well I’m 71 and won’t be out there much longer anyway. The selling I do not want to leave to my family.
I will keep my photography equipment. Again I don’t take any joy in it. I have done it for 40 years and the thrill is gone. I have grand kids and great grand kids coming up so I can take pictures of them.
It seems odd that I could figure all the things out in photography until digital came out. Doing photo editing with programs to any extent is for others.
So now what does one do? I have no idea what I will find to pass the time until the bell rings. I love reading but that has its limits.
This is for the most part a relief and will come to a surprise to my loved ones.

-- Jerry


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 177 days ago

I understand your point. But I don’t think that any sell off should be immediate. Not that you will want to be as busy, but it will be a place to tinker instead of work. I wish you well in your future and hope you enjoy whatever you do.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Gerald Thompson

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#2 posted 177 days ago

Monte;
The next time I go home to Rapid I will try to drop in. As I recall you live in Whitewood.

-- Jerry

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Bluepine38

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#3 posted 177 days ago

I am using woodwork as a hobby and have made my own carving knives, enjoyed it as a sideline, but
arthritis in the thumb joints keeps me from doing too much of it. Have you tried carving? The main
reason for my workshop is to keep me out of trouble and off streetcorners. The tools also help keep
the house and yard maintenance budget low to nonexistent, do not know you well enough to give
you any other suggestions, except spoiling grandchildren and great grand children can take up a lot of
time if your kids will let you get away with it.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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SCOTSMAN

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#4 posted 177 days ago

Is it not possible your just a little run down spiritually. I get like that with the parkinsons problems I have. I aplore you not to do anything too hasty, which I feel you may well regret. Photography is understandable as I used to be big into photography myself and for many years I did all my own developing and printing.I think everyone was totally shocked when within a few small years, it all came to an abrupt end , with digital which is now sorry to say now the only thing left to us .
As far as the workshop is concerned you may well as I do not make alot of things but I love having my woodshop and also my machine shop , which I use less and less as I get older, but I love using them .When I do get into the shop, and sometimes just coming here is good fun . I force myself at least once a day even for half an hour to potter away and sometimes just sit and meditate.
I would be so lost without them they apart from my lovely wife of forty two years Bronwen and my sons and grandkids etc.Keep in touch with us please ,many people downgrade their shops as they get older. I have given my eldest son lots of machinery etc for free as he has a business selling tools and machinery wood machines as well as metal working machining. So it all goes to him when I go from here LOL , the other two boys are agreeable to this as they don’t want amnything to do with it, and it is in my will as I have alot of expensive machinery and tools.As far as I am concerned it is a great idea and leaves me from worrying what will happen to it.LOL have yourself a little me time and keep in touch with your lumberjhock buddies kindest regards .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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distrbd

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#5 posted 177 days ago

Gerry,why not try a new hobby? I used to be into freshwater fishkeeping hobby for 20 years or so and I highly recommend it.
The initial cost won’t be too high but the the gradification is almost instant,you don’t need any aquarium bigger than 50 Gal.to start,now a days you can buy a starter kit very cheap,later on you can get in to live plants,different species of fish etc.
I still don’t think you should sell any of your woodworking tools yet ,we all know with any hobby there will be times you temporarily lose interest but if you still feel the same a few months down the road then you know the passion is gone but I have a feeling it’ll come back to you soon.
Ken.

-- Ken from Ontario

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Nomad62

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#6 posted 177 days ago

Leather, pottery, macramé, jewelry, glass, rock/stone… lots of artistic media out there. Take a break if you need to, get back at it if you choose to. And, you may easily live another 20 years, so, as Scotsman suggested, try to not be too hasty in selling off tools; you may want to use them later on either by yourself or with your kids, grandkids, or anyone else you may be able to teach your long-practiced skills to.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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Gerald Thompson

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#7 posted 177 days ago

maybe I’ll start baking fruitcakes. They should keep until the holidays. I really don’t know what I’m going to do. As usual in life something will pop up.
Thanks to all of you.

PS I’m just happy that nothing falls off when I take a shower.

-- Jerry

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Jimbo4

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#8 posted 177 days ago

Jerry, this should not mean you are leaving us ! Throw us a verb or two in the future. We’ll be here waiting for you.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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freddy1962

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#9 posted 177 days ago

Jerry, One thing you have going for you is that awesome smile. It brings tears to my eyes it’s so darn pretty. Maybe you could spur some interest in your tools and equipment from your Grandchildren. Show them the ropes, teach them to be woodworkers. Sounds like you are very talented and obviously experienced. Maybe share that with others somehow. Just sounds like you need to regroup. Some guys restore the old wood working machinery, might give that a thought.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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Gerald Thompson

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#10 posted 176 days ago

Freddy, maybe I could do modeling on the side. I have always felt deep down that I had to have an identical twin brother as no one person could be so hansom.

-- Jerry

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Craftsman on the lake

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#11 posted 176 days ago

I have a sister who is 84 yrs old. She actually looks 60 which is just about my age. She moves quickly, drives, and no one believes her age.

That being said. We’ve had to talk her into things for the past 15 yrs. At 70 she wanted a new sunroom, she could easily afford it. She’d say, “what’s the point, I probably won’t have much time to enjoy it”. Same thing with her old toyota. “Why a new car. I probably won’t be able to drive in a few years. Last week, it was a mattress. “The old one is fine but I’d like one of those new foam ones. But, I probably won’t have much time to use it.”.

She had the sunroom built 13 yrs ago, bought a new Subaru, 3 yrs ago, and I ordered the bed for her. Will be here soon, hopefully before she kicks the bucket. ;-)

Thing is…. if she had gone with the “i’ll be dead soon” scenario she’d be sitting there wondering why she lived so long. Anything can happen but to live like it’s just around the corner is not good. I know that over the years I’ve done (and obsessed) over different things. Roll with it. Not into woodworking any longer? It’s okay, enjoy some netflix until you get the urge to do something else, Maybe it’s getting a small trailer and doing some traveling, maybe some other crafty/artistic type hobby like woodworking. Maybe it’s just relaxing with your thoughts. But to give up a 71? I’m going to be 60 soon. God willing I’m thinking of 70 as a higher midpoint in age. Do you feel good? If you do then keep trucking!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Monte Pittman

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#12 posted 176 days ago

If you come this way, you will be welcome.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Gerald Thompson

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#13 posted 176 days ago

Dan;
It is not my age that is affecting any decision. I am just getting tired if the same old thing. It has also been a load on my mind to no be able to do many projects because I cannot read drawings. I went to a class and the instructor felt something was missing in my brain in that regard. The same with reading most instructions. They come across they same as trying to read IRS instructions.
I’m thinking of trying to build a blanket chest from just the outside dimensions and go from there.
Anyway my wife and I have three more 1840 Shaker clocks to build. We have made several previously and the builds are getting old.

-- Jerry

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SCOTSMAN

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#14 posted 176 days ago

Have another twenty years of well deserved fun Brother I know I aim too LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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