As I sat there, serving as a Shop Assistant, for Mary May last week, I realized I really wasn’t needed. I was a broom and a key to lock up the building after class. But you know what? I didn’t mind at all. My three days were time well spent.
I enjoyed the time. While I wasn’t a student, I still learned a few things. I was able to spend time with one of the best woodcarvers around. And I spent time with friends and acquaintances from the Kansas City woodworking community. So, all in all, a good time was had.
I was also afforded some time to breath and reflect. I haven’t written a whole lot in the last year, so this was time spent letting the words come to me. Since this was a hand tool only class and the shop was closed, it was a place of quiet retrospective.
The whole experience seemed to rejuvenate my spirit and helped me clear my mind of clutter. This has allowed me the ability to put words to paper and enjoy the process again. It’s also given me the opportunity to think out my projects and where to go next. I recently finished a Pencil Post bed that I started more than a decade ago. Talk about procrastination! I have one more project to finish, that I started long ago. I’ll write more on it at a later time. I also have five antique refinishing projects to complete. Or should I say four refinishing and one total restoration. But the good thing is I’ve been able to map out where I’m going with these projects. So stay tuned.
I’ve also given some thought to teaching again. While I regularly help out with the Basic and Intermediate Woodworking classes at the Guild, I’ve thought about teaching a workbench class again. The worst part of this class is stock prep. Prepping several hundred board feet of 8/4 Ash takes a lot out of me but is necessary for this class. I’m also giving some thought to a six board blanket chest class. I’ve taught it once before and it seemed to go over fairly good. It’s an easier class that’s done in a weekend.
But time will tell where things go from here. The options are there for the choosing. Isn’t that the beauty of it all? Till next time.
PS: I’m not in the photo because I took the photo.