Ringing in the New Year

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Blog entry by Ben posted 01-02-2014 04:27 PM 1057 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I would like to wish everyone here a very happy, safe and productive new year! While I haven’t posted very much since I first found Lumberjocks, I do come here first whenever I am online. You have all helped teach me, give me new ideas, amazed me with your ingenuity and your artfulness. For all that, I thank you and the creators of this community. As with many of you, my New Years resolutions have a lot to do with my work and my shop. First, I have a backlog of unfinished projects that have piled up and gone almost forgotten. I am going to spend a part of today tracking all of them down and starting a checklist to remember what I have left. Some are work projects that got pushed back for whatever reason, some were started and set aside for more immediate needs, some are my own projects that i spent so much time scratching my head over that I set them aside to think on later. Time to either get those done or scrap ‘em. Second shop resolution is to make some “final” decisions on the layout and organization of my shop. I Had a half baked idea the last time I rearranged and really fouled up my work flow and have more serious space issues than I had in the first place. That scrap bin I built two years ago, well that’s about as inconvenient and unwieldy as I could possibly come up with. I need to find a much better way to store shorts and cutoffs. Oh, and my sheet goods pile is getting out of had as well. I need to make sure I plan in where my next two large tools are going to fit in as well, as very soon I will finally have a planer and jointer.
If I can get a healthy dent in those two things, My shop will be a much better place to work and relax, as it serves both purposes in nearly equal amounts for me.

I have to say also that This new year is the beginning of many new things for me. The last year started in utter chaos and turmoil, but ended in near bliss. I met a wonderful, inspiring woman who just makes me feel great at every turn. So much different from any in my life before. She is Danish, having lived in the states since her twenties, a sculptor, sculpting teacher, and just in general she is a maker and very creative. Above all, she is very loving and encouraging and we work well together. I gotta love a girl that when she asks you to help her get a project done, all she needs is an extra hand because she knows what she is doing. Wow, that is a refreshing change. Non shop related resolution… Don’t screw this one up!!!

I hope everyone has a great year. Happy healthy and long… CHEERS!!!

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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