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Blog entry by NinjaAssassin posted 06-07-2018 12:01 AM 1651 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been active on LJs. So here’s a story for you all…

A billion years ago I’d started on an adventure. I had a new shed I was turning into a shop, started a Roubo-style bench build, finished a shave horse, and had a laundry list of projects I was going to start. Some of that stuff worked out but it was in a different time frame and under different circumstances than originally expected.

We ended up leaving our house and renting a townhouse in the same area. I brought all my tools but the shave horse and some barely started projects didn’t make it with us. I set up a wood shop of sorts in a fairly finished space in the basement of the townhouse and got most of my bench put together. After a few months, I purchased a wood screw from Mauricio for the leg vise and it was done. I was excited to finally have a pretty nice bench to use that I made on my own. Not nearly as aesthetic as the benches of those who’d inspired me, but a “functional and not horribly ugly” kind of nice. The f-hole style dividers I was working on (mentioned in a previous blog post) saw some attention but they’re still mostly unfinished (because I’m a-scurred to mess them up). I’d also carved two spoons while there and made an inordinate amount of “scraps” out of perfectly good lumber. All the pictures I’d taken of these things are lost.

During all this, I’d moved between a couple different jobs which really improved my career and our finances (ironically, I find myself back at the place I’d left 2 years ago but in a more senior position). While at my last job, my wife and I unexpectedly found ourselves in the position to be able to buy what will likely be our forever home – a 100 year old (updated) farmhouse on a bunch of acres out in the country. It’s very close to the type of home we’ve long dreamed of owning. It’s a 3 hour round-trip commute for me but going from the busy, cramped suburbs to the quiet country with lots of space has been great for my soul.

Naturally, though, there’s only one small outbuilding on the property that was once a smokehouse but is now a garden shed/barn-cat house thing. So, no where to set up a shop. The bright side is, I’m not locked in to something that isn’t exactly what I want. That said, I’ve recently started on another shave horse build that’s taken place entirely outside (started next to a pile of rubble that was once an over 100 year old barn and now I’ve moved the project to the covered front porch due to weather). I’ve got dreams of a 16×24 timber frame shop with porch but there are projects that take priority over that dream.

So that catches you all up to date. I hope this brings a sense of closure to everyone who’s spent the last ~3.5 years waiting in agony for another blog post, of whom I’m sure there are a great many. I’m spending a lot of my time at home getting my homestead set up with orchards, berry patches, gardens, etc. I’m not sure when I’ll have another WW related blog post (or another blog post of any sort) but hopefully it’ll be sooner than 3.5 years from now.

-- Billy

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#1 posted 06-07-2018 12:38 AM

Congrats on the progress and what a great opportunity for the shop

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

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#2 posted 06-07-2018 01:26 PM

Cheers monkeyboy.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 06-07-2018 10:16 PM

Glad you’re back Billy! just don’t forget us, we like seeing what you are doing and any progress events you may have going. Heck, I and others have posted about our gardening adventures while you were MIA ;)

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#4 posted 06-07-2018 10:47 PM

Hey Billy. Good to hear what’s happening in your life. I just have 3 things to say:
1. Congrats on your homestead purchase. I’m jealous.
2. Your shop needs to be bigger than 16×24. Much bigger.
3. You’re still The Greatest.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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#5 posted 06-08-2018 01:22 AM

Ditto. Just. Ditto.

I have a 18×22 shop. It gets cramped.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 06-08-2018 11:34 AM

Thanks everyone.

I’ll likely be sharing some of my gardening and other homestead (mis)adventures in addition to random nonsense as I suspect woodworking is going to be slow going for now.

I’m not settled on 16×24 but I do like the idea of how that would look and feel given the type of woodworking I think most suits me.

-- Billy

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