None of the above of course, just trying to see if there’s a limit to the title length and the number of requisite buzzwords that I can fit in; rather, it’s been a grand first full year here at the silly name and place of Lumberjocks. Here’s my two cents worth of the journey (now discontinued in Canada) and other random uncollected thoughts.
When I first found this place real delight was the order of the day and it holds true still though not quite in the same way. I continue to be surprised by the modesty and bravery in other people’s woodworking adventures; I’m continually pulled back to when my own work was much less polished and true. When I see what guys and gals have posted after only a few years of trying I’m often embarrassed at the poverty of my early years in the craft. I work in this medium daily but it’s been a slow build to any sort of mastery. There are still lacunae here (big holes in my skills) you could drive a quarry sized dump truck through.
One way I have immensely benefited from being here is by resurrecting old projects, finishing them, taking them off the shelf and pounding a silver stake through their off putting hearts. Do now what you always meant to do. You simply don’t have forever.
Right from the beginning I found I had a knack for doing the write ups accompanying the builds. I try my very best with the stories, endlessly re-writing while trying to convey some of the spirit of working with this most wondrous of materials, and the spirit of why it was built at all.
I like to be careful with words but I also love a really good laugh. My obvious favourites in this regard would have to be “My Very First BANDSAW! Box” and “MDF?! Yes my friend, MDF”. A chunk o fun. Other projects are sprinkled with as much humour as I can work in without being too, too annoying. I’m delighted when other people do it as well and I know a kindred spirit when I see one.
Laughter is the best and wood is good but on the other hand I’ve been feeling oppressed by trees lately – they’re everywhere! – unbidden!, growing without regard for us, the wood choppers, the makers of both beautiful and ugly things. It’s not possible to imagine a world without trees and yet sometimes I wonder if they’re aliens – benighted, becalmed, bemused by us. We’re outnumbered quite a bit worse than General Custer.
I’m not one of the many who protest they never look at how their body of work is doing, I check all the time. I find it interesting to see what is click worthy but I despair at how shabbily some of my own favourites are snubbed. We’ll get back at you in woodworking heaven you know, when you’re not allowed to play with us till you say:
As I was in Arkansas I saw a saw that could out saw any saw I ever saw saw. If you happen to be in Arkansas and see a saw that can out saw the saw I saw saw I’d like to see the saw you saw saw.
—five times fast while sharpening a skew chisel and chewing gum.
My deepest thanks to those that regularly view my work and take the time to say something. I depend upon you in no small way. You know who you are.
Thanks to an aside that Rance made in one of his blogs. For some time now I no longer just simply buddy a member, I think about it and tell them why I’m interested in following their work in a PM. This has worked out much better for both parties I believe.
I’m writing all this here, in this very form, but excuse me, it’s pet peeve time. Easily the most ugly word coined in the digital age has to be “Blog”. It sounds as if you lost control of your lower lip and the word just leaked out, dribbled out and spilled something unmentionable over your shirt front. How bout Web-Log? Would it be too much to eschew contractions for a bit in the name of beauty? And BTW, they’re programs, not Apps. Rant over.
Being a woodworking maniac as you might have noticed, a compulsive builder, I’m felling a bit tired lately. I do a wide variety of stuff but I need to give LJ and building a re-think. There will probably be far fewer projects in the future.
Love you all.
edit: I did it, it got cut off. So: “entirely from weather beaten pallets, my very first project!!” finishes the title. Ha.
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