So I’m calling this the slowest shop, because thanks to the “econemy” (misspelled deliberately because it’s more enemy than economy) and other life issues, just as many/most of us on here are, I’m unable to do most of the things I’d really like to do. In an earlier blog I listed all the jigs, fixtures and such I wanted to assemble, along with reforming a tiny shop in my garage…well, family tussle over how that should happen, lack of funds, work trouble…you know how it goes.
But I (as always) refuse to surrender to the obvious.
I decline to fail.
In fencing, there’s a technique called a bind, where the opponent seizes your blade, and violently spins it around against you, spiraling into your flank with a point attack. The only defensive technique for it is called a “ceding parry”, where you ALLOW them to take you half way, then you bend, and the leverage changes and the spiral stops. You stop the attack by yielding some, but not all. Bend, don’t break.
I have managed over this past summer to get ahold of a porter-cable 890 series router, with fixed and plunge bases, a couple of bits, and a dewalt impact driver I needed for a roof job. Also:
Stanley #5 and #7 planes from a deceased friend
A set of cheap marple chisels to abuse while I improve my technique and learn sharpening properly.
a couple of small saws (tenon, dovetail, flush)
Stanley #78 rabbit/pullnose plane from ebay
A set of old socket chisels, for which I’ll make handles from an assortment of lovely hardwoods I’ve scrounged.
A starret combo square.
Other assorted tools I’m not able to think of at the moment…
So I haven’t done TOO badly, considering how my income has dropped by so much this past year.
So why “farm” in the title? Because I’m working towards my life goal (at least in terms of house and shop) of owning a farm in the countryside of Illinois, on which I’ll have a large shop, all of which I’ll build myself.
So why slowest? Because it’s clearly going to take about a million little tiny steps to get there, ranging from picking up some small tool or technique here or there, to just learning something useful about traditional land management, and traditional regional farming. So I know that if you read this far, you either share my interests, know me and are really bored, or just have too much time on your hands. Unless you’re really interested in some varied topics like how I ordered a piece of glass today, or learning about how I plan on planting a row of osage orange trees using a traditional method, or about how I plan on growing some “bloody butcher” corn, and WHY that breed, you might want to consider not reading this blog series again. And if you share my interests, then please comment, complain, or otherwise engage! All comments are more than welcome, and I enjoy talking about things.
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