Is There a Twelve-step Program For This Addiction?

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Blog entry by Lenny posted 10-01-2016 01:12 AM 1765 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi My name is Lenny and I am a woodworker-aholic. I am just back from a wonderful vacation and must admit, I missed my shop more than my children and grandchildren! No, not really but wow, I really missed the shop and liken my daily use of it to an addiction. As a retired man, I go into my shop on a daily basis. Even the days I do no work in it, I at least “visit” to check in on my current project, maybe remove a set of clamps from the day before, or just pull up the blinds in anticipation of coming back later in the day.

My wife and I visited Arizona for the first time, specifically Sedona and the Grand Canyon. My but you Arizonians (Arizonans, if you prefer) have a beautiful state. Sedona is all it was cracked up to be. The “Red Rock City” is beautiful, majestic and inviting. The Grand Canyon is anything but a big hole in the ground. While I greatly enjoyed these sights, I still found myself lying in my hotel bed thinking about “the shop” and how I didn’t get to visit it that day. This hobby, this craft, this passion of ours is deeply set as an integral part of our being. How many times, at various restaurants, did I ask my wife, while waiting for our food, “What kind of wood is this table made from, Hon?” She’s gotten pretty adept at identifying wood species.

Anyway, we got back home just after midnight this morning and I’ve been to the shop several times to get my fix. We watched our grandson for my daughter today so I didn’t do any work but while he slept, I went out and puttered around, cleaned up a bit, put a few things away, etc.

Yes, my name is Lenny and I am a woodworker-aholic.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 10-01-2016 01:29 AM

Love it. Great post. Go Sox, by the way!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#2 posted 10-01-2016 03:59 AM

There was a 12 step programme, but it didn’t worlk, it was discontinued..
Folks discovered that once going down the slippery slope, you just gota abandon hope.

Sorry buddy…just enjoy the ride

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#3 posted 10-01-2016 11:57 AM

Lenny. Its okay to go “PET” your tools.
Its okay to talk to them.
When they talk back…....”then seek out help”
Can you post more pictures of your adjustable outfeed tale. Interesting table ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 10-01-2016 12:04 PM

Anyone who knows woodworking can see why you missed your beautiful shop Lenny.
Your shop is like mine and so many others, inviting, comfortable, and a nice place to be in.
I thought I was the only one who had the peculiar condition of “just going out there” to be in that atmosphere.
I’m glad to see I’m not.
I actually go out there a few times a day just to do what you do, “check on things”.
I honestly couldn’t imagine not having a shop.
You shop has the niceties of being “your space” and comfortable for what you want to do.
So, if there is a 12 step program, keep it, I don’t want it.

Thanks for the post Lenny.
It’s great having you as a buddy.

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#5 posted 10-01-2016 12:18 PM

I know what you mean…I am in deep. :-D

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#6 posted 10-01-2016 01:00 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. MrFid, yes, the Sox are having a great year…so far! canadianchips, what you referred to as an outfeed table does serve that role, however, it is also my shop workbench. It is among my projects on the second page. Hey Eric. Thanks for offering your perspective. I agree with all of it and it’s great having you as an LJ buddy as well.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 10-01-2016 02:37 PM

I laughed when I read this because I can find my self in trouble for spending too much time in the shop and forgetting about everyone else. I still work full time in a corporate environment so this is my Therapy. Glad to see some New England talent on here…GO RED SOX.

-- Ken, New Hampshire,

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#8 posted 10-01-2016 02:47 PM

Hi Ken. Since you are a relative newbie to Lumberjocks, welcome! Thanks for the comment and best wishes with your woodworking venture.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 10-01-2016 03:26 PM

LOL…........What a great topic and story Lenny…....... I stand and introduce myself: “hi, my name is Roger Kavanah. I am a woodwork-aholic”.

I too visit the shop to work/play/make dust/and sometime just sit there and think and try to remember what I went out there for to start with…..........

................OH, hey, there’s that screwdriver I was lookin for a few weeks ago. HUH! ............ what did I need it for?????

.......OH, and btw: I don’t think it’s a 12 step program, it’s kinda like,

you put my left foot in

you put my left foot out

and you shake em all about… hahahaha

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 10-01-2016 03:44 PM

Ha ha. You are a hoot, Roger. Thanks for commenting.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#11 posted 10-01-2016 05:22 PM

Lenny, I totally understand. I have been in your shop and I could feel the pull. I would comment more but I can hear my shop calling. So, getting another cup of coffee and heading out to ponder my next project.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#12 posted 10-01-2016 05:31 PM

Select group of people can be afflicted with this issue

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 10-01-2016 05:37 PM

Been there for years Lenny even when I’m working (contracting) I think about what I want to do in the shop my other business,it seems crazy that even while doing contracting type woodworking I’m thinking about shop stuff,oh well why fight it, just enjoy my friend :))


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#14 posted 10-01-2016 05:41 PM

I’m glad I NEVER got addicted.
When I started in 1977, I always knew I can stop anytime I want.
I really can stop anytime I want, really! I can.
It’s those people that don’t think they can stop that have a problem… Glad I’m not one of those :>/

Nice shop you have Lenny.

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#15 posted 10-01-2016 06:32 PM

Yes, it is an addiction….

The cure (however temporary as it is) is to go out and buy yourself a new tool !


-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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