Christmas 2015 was one that held many changes for me and inherently for my woodworking too. In the past my family has been pretty diligent in purchasing tools for me of all sorts and has filled in the gaps of those items that are required for pushing my skills upwards. However, the larger sized powertools have always been slightly out of reach for me by way of monetary limitations or just that my family didn’t feel comfortable making a purchase that requires a lot of knowledge. I.E. how big of a throat do you want on that bandsaw? Not a lot of people automatically know to ask about such a detail for a gift like that.
As you can see in the image I absolutely was blown away at my girlfriend’s gifts this Christmas. I mentioned wanting the ability (not to have her purchase) to get just one powertool to help me grow in my compentency of working with wood. I am extremely blessed that she has been as excited as me about the future projects we will be able to work towards…it’s my equivalent of her watching football with me :)
It all goes toward that rebirth of my workshop from having no true tools to work with and essentially losing my ability to have a space to work in to suddenly have received so much so quickly. It fuels my desire to want to make things that my family and friends will not expect and can use and cherish for years to come. I see ANY tool that I’m given as an opportunity for me to create something that is just that much better because of their choice to help me along my path in my hobby.