The last year has been pretty disruptive from a woodworking perspective. Moving the shop, renovating the old shop, moving the shop again, working in a makeshift shop, building the new shop, and then moving the tools into the new space. Yikes, that’s a lot of work!
Well finally, with the new shop mostly set up, I can dive back into building a project. Specifically, the Dogon Platform Bed for the Guild. Let me tell you friends, it feels good to get some sawdust under my fingers again! It may sound weird, but I really haven’t felt like myself for most of 2012. It wasn’t until just the other day that the full realization came to me. I had just spent several hours milling up some 8/4 Bubinga stock and it was time to call it quits. Mateo came home from Grandma’s house and Nicole brought him into the shop to say Hi. Such a simple thing, but in the span of a few seconds I suddenly realized my groove was back!
That’s not to say I was in some sort of depression (far from it), but that I really had some serious pent-up creative energy that was now finding a healthy release. Seeing my wife and son walk into the new shop to let me know the work day was over was just the icing on the cake.
Life won’t always be perfect and there will certainly be many more curve balls ahead, but right then in that particular moment, all was right with the world.
Somehow, as long as I can exercise my creativity in wood, everything in life tastes just a little bit sweeter!