Grumbles from the shop #1: Reclaiming the tools.

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Blog entry by DennisMitchell posted 11-18-2016 10:11 PM 1608 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since this summer I’ve spent A day or two a week reclaiming my shop. It was closed soon after the joys of 2008. Kinda like an archeological dig. Top layer was shop stuff from dad’s passing. Including many of grandpa’s antique tools. Grandpa’s shop was immaculate. He primarily restored antiques. Dad’s was just a bit messy. More a farm shop, but he did develope quite a portfolio of woodworking projects. My shop has always been a disaster on the edge of functionality. Lots of kitchens, furniture, and those odd projects have added to my sawdust collection.
You might find a few broken dreams in there too. I always dreamed I’d get to build high-end rustic furniture and sell it in Sun Valley, Till all the galleries closed and the interior design shop switched to Indonesia furniture. Ends up rustic was just a fad. Top it all off my back quit working. Just a few minutes standing and my body starts grumbling. This getting old shit happens much too quick!
So what could drag me back to this emotional waste site? (..and back to lumberjocks) Naturally a woman. Of course in my mind she will always be a little girl. My youngest has finally decided to settle down. Her wasted youth sent helping out in orphanages and teaching over seas. The only reason i could not sell my tools was the dream of building something for my two girls.
I’m an old school woodworker who has watched his trade, mechanised, globalized, and computerized. The soul of the art got modernized. Woodworking has been my blessing. Getting to build a kitchen for a family, for the heart of a home, just for them has been a blessing. Throwing crappy prefabs in a track home…not so much. I think for those I love most, I can do just a few more projects.
Back to the grumble, cleaning the shop still sucks like my dust collector when the bag falls off.

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#1 posted 11-19-2016 12:05 AM

You paint a nice picture with your words. I can imagine the tools stacked on the workbench from abandoned or discarded projects, parts bunched up in little boxes for some future reassembly, tools in various stages of functioning. Wait one minute—that’s MY shop!

I hope that you will get to build a heritage piece with each of your daughters.

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#2 posted 12-01-2016 02:16 PM

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