Iam having a hard time getting started into woodworking again.

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Forum topic by Billp posted 01-22-2009 10:02 PM 1358 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2009 10:02 PM

Since I fell and broke my back and then had two operations one to correct the first operation I just can’t seem to get back into the swing of things. I have not even gone down into my work shop. I hope this mood passes, I don’t feel very creative right now. I miss not being a part of this community. Well enough of the self pity, I think Iam getting closer. I have a lot to be thankful for and need to get moving again. I just wanted to say hello to every one.

-- Billp

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#1 posted 01-22-2009 10:10 PM

Hi Bilp I know how you feel I was away from my woodshop and concentrated on machining as I have a mchine shop too.If you could find someone that could maybe go with you into the shop or a few short term projects once you get started it’s amazing how you can re kindle the old flames and get excited about things .I too have a very serious back problem with a slight curvature of the spinde painful all the time as well as my both knees but I sit between stints at the shop .
Getting motivated is your main problem start to read about woodworking get your self back here with your jock pals smartly and we will all try to help you oon a day to day basis at least your being honest about your feelings so anything personally I can do well email me I give constant encouragement 24 7 LOL keep wel and get started asap even if you only sit in the shop and re arrange things start buying a few small woodworking treats for yourself and you’ll soon get back to the land of the living wood shop style my dear friend god bless Alistair

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

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 01-22-2009 10:14 PM

The mood will pass quicker if you just start the walk maybe half way you can turn around, buy then again….

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#3 posted 01-22-2009 10:34 PM

I find that even just walking into the workshop (garage in my case), sitting there, looking around can light that fire back again… gives you ideas… even if it’s just cleaning here and there, putting a tool back to it’s intended place… get the feel for the tools, remind yourself what it feels like to hold them, and being in the shop…

its the hardest thing in the world convincing ourselves of something, but if we can’t do that – no one can. every journey starts with 1 step.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 01-22-2009 10:47 PM

I with the others – just go and sit in the shop a while and maybe putter around cleaning and putting tools away and organizing. Pretty soon the creative side of you will kick in and you’ll be making a little dust.

Good luck!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 01-22-2009 11:14 PM

Billp, I just read the others comments and by golly do we think alike sometimes. I just cut a piecs of apple wood the other night after work and just wanted to stay in the shop and breath in that aroma. When I use pine and it scents the air life begins and ideas flow and age and pains drops off and there is excitement! Grab a woodworking magazine, get a drink and spend some time where you have enjoyed yourself before…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 01-22-2009 11:39 PM

Hi Bill;

I was just looking at your projects page, and I got motivated to go out to the shop!

Maybe you should look at your work. Way too much talent not to use.

I have to agree with everyone, just stepping foot into the place will get you started cleaning up, and the old feeling of being home will come back.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 01-22-2009 11:51 PM

Wow, Lee was right. I hope it is just a passing phase. I bit off more than I can chew and can’t wait to wrap up my current project so that I can take a break. I’m not sure when I’ll start back up again, but I’m sure it will be with small projects to start. I hope you continue on the path to recovery.

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#8 posted 01-23-2009 01:27 AM

Grab yourself a coffee\tea and go sit in the shop for a while . . . see what happens.

-- BLOG -

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#9 posted 01-23-2009 02:45 AM

I am with the other guys! Go sit in your shop and putter around. I enjoy sitting in my new shop and planning where the new equipment will go and the cabinets I need to build. It is my place to get away.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 01-23-2009 03:25 AM

Sorry to hear about your accident and its aftermath. Be gentle with yourself as you go forward, and don’t create a mental barrier. I’m sure in time that the mastery over wood that you have enjoyed in the past will call you back. The ability to conceive a plan and execute it to a beautiful conclusion took time to develop, but it’s not going away.
Like the other have suggested, go down into the shop and just give ‘er a look see.
Best wishes for renewed health and happiness,

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 01-23-2009 04:09 AM

It’s the injury/surgery/recovery that is talking to you. I totally agree with everyone else: go out and set a spell in the shop. Listen to it. Look at what you’ve done. You’ll definitely start to hear the whispers once again.

Good luck with your recovery!

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#12 posted 01-23-2009 05:39 PM


I know what it is like to have a major surgery that prevents you from doing what you want. I had a hip fracture three months ago and the surgery and post op care was screwed up. It will be a while before I can get back to woodworking. I have been looking at LJ projects and working with SketchUp.

You are right, we have a lot to be thankful for and look to the future. It sounds like you are close to getting back to the shop(I hope that day comes to me soon!). Good luck with your recovery and let’s some projects :)

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#13 posted 01-23-2009 07:45 PM

If your back is ready for walking, sitting etc then follow everyone’s advice. Notice That I didn’t say bending or lifting. hopefully you’re getting some rehab. If not drop me a line and or a phone # and we can discuss do’s and don’t.. Meanwhile don’t sweat the small stuff and while your not in the shop or maybe when you are why not thumb through some issues of wood working magazines or books. They don’t have to be new. (just don’t let them into keeping up with the LJ’s on line.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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John Gray

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#14 posted 01-25-2009 07:43 PM

Sorry to hear about your back problems…..been there done that. I have a hard time getting to my shop too. Maybe if I didn’t spend hours reading these Lumber Jock posts I’d get a lot more done. ;-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#15 posted 01-25-2009 07:53 PM

I read a sign that said…”of all the things that I’ve lost in my life, I miss my mind the most” That person never got involved in woodwork. I could lose my mind and still smell the sawdust. Give it time, it’ll come.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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