Mirrors from my Website blog #7: Politics, Religion, and Woodworking

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Blog entry by Texasgaloot posted 01-26-2009 04:15 PM 16836 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that Obama has been inaugurated, I figure it’s safe to say that we might have a new president. I’ve perceived that he’s rather controversial despite the fact that I’ve tried really hard to ignore current events these last few months. I think I’m to where I care a lot more about a thin, wispy shaving coming off of a well-tuned vintage Stanley plane than what people are predicting about the future of our country. My country, dagnabit, sweet land of liberty! So far, I still have the liberty to behave that way, too, and to use my energy blogging, podcasting, writing, woodworking, EMT’ing and firefighting, all while being a father to my children. So that’s the politics end of things. And then there is the religious…

In a former, not-too-distant past I was, shall we say, a religious leader. I stopped doing that as a vocation for a variety of reasons, but one thing still sticks: I never quite got over how many people’s behavior would change toward me when they found out what I was. I’m a shy person, and when someone would suddenly start treating me like I was waiting and watching, hoping they would make a boo-boo so that I could pounce on them, rebuke them and correct them, I get even more shy. So my relief valve always came in the form of thin, wispy shavings. That was the religious part.

So, in the midst of a virtual rolling sea of pundits with opinions as firm as said rolling sea, there lies around my ankles batches of shavings, and life is good. Knowing that the woodworking community is remarkably free of chest-pounding and sabre-rattling (with the notable exception of those of us that are Galoots enjoying the ironic humor in identifying ourselves as part of a subversive woodworking movement.) Knowing that when it comes down to it, when I meet a fellow woodworker online or in person, the odds are that they are going to have certain characteristics in common with me: an appreciation for a quick wit, an insatiable curiosity about our common activity, probably an interest in history, the desire to exchange concepts, techniques, and lore with others of like mind, and usually the desire to remain focused on this beautiful medium we are blessed to work in, leaving politics and religion out of it.

So, I predict that 2009 is going to be the best woodworking year we have ever experienced together!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#1 posted 01-26-2009 06:13 PM

I appreciate and share your perspective. (And frighteningly some of your experience).

-- Working at Woodworking

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 01-26-2009 06:38 PM

galoot to galoot, yep!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-26-2009 08:51 PM

A big Galoot salute right back at you!

I’m learning from my mistakes by not being afraid to take risks.
I’m more focused than ever by making honest decisions.
I’m on track with my business plan; albeit a very flexible and dynamic plan.

Life is good and 2009 is shaping up to be an interesting year for me.

-- 温故知新

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#4 posted 01-27-2009 04:08 PM

Amen, Amen and Amen to that, I know exactly were you are coming from. It is hard sometimes to leave religion out of woodworking when we often say to ourselves, “please god let this glue together with no problems” ;-)
I too hope for a great 2009 for LJ’s. Love your post’s.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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Peter Oxley

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#5 posted 01-27-2009 04:16 PM

Here’s to lots of great woodwork in ‘09!

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