I havent done any woodworking for two weeks. For 14 days Ive not turned on a machine, picked up sandpaper, or even so much as touched a piece of wood.
Ive discussed here before that woodworking takes many forms writing about it, designing a project, purchasing materials, or even gathering information on the Internet can count as woodworking to my way of thinking.
But literal woodworking can only be one thing: Picking up a piece of wood and doing something with it, and I havent done that in two weeks. I havent done related things either, like tuning a machine or even sweeping the shop floor. I havent touched a piece of wood in the shop. For that matter, with the exception of needing something thats physically located in the shop like needing to use the pencil sharpener mounted just inside the shop door or gaining access to the attic through the pull-down stairs located there I havent even been in the shop.
I cant think of any time that Ive gone that long in the last dozen or more years. Sure, Ive gone longer without producing much out there, but even then Ive done some kind of woodworking maybe just using the bandsaw to cut something, or grabbing a tool I needed in the house, or cleaning, tuning up or organizing my stuff. But these last two weeks, nothing at all.
Yep, Ive been writing up a storm about woodworking lately. Ive done four exploded drawings for the book Im working on. Ive bought some hardware and other supplies. Ive even done a few household repairs (I re-hung some cabinet doors), albeit using tools from the kitchen junk drawer. But I havent done a thing in the shop. Nothing at all.
This is a milestone in my woodworking life.
And its not one I like.
Till next time,