First Steps with Sharp Objects #2: When Did I become the Way Back Machine?

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Blog entry by Texchappy posted 05-05-2012 10:00 PM 9498 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m not sure when it happened. I’m not sure why it happened? The one undeniable fact is that it had happened; I became the Way Back Machine.

The desire to make things out of wood unencumbered with cords or batteries has been with me for a long time. I have watched Roy Underhill on and off for years thinking some day I would give it a try. Likewise I’ve watched Norm Abrham’s go from machine to machine and felt not an inkling to give that kind of woodworking a whirl. There’s nothing terribly philosophical behind this notion. I have never hoped to be ‘one with the wood’ or consciously thought about preserving a bit of history with saws. There’s not much to it other than preference. But a preference it is; I want to make things with handsaw and plane.

This is not the first anachronism of it’s kind. A couple of years ago I searched for a replacement for yet another electric shaver. Not finding an electric replacement, I discovered DE Razors and the joys of brush and soap. On researching that, I ended up with my first fountain pen. Time and again I’ve searched for solutions for 21st century living and ended with the finest technology the 19th century has to offer.

Perhaps it is woven into my DNA, I’ve always enjoyed history. I just never thought I’d be living history this soon.

Bonus: Three extra points if you can name the reference for the way back machine.

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#1 posted 05-05-2012 10:14 PM

I do understand some of that feeling. A lot of my work occures late at night and there is something about being in the shop with just the sounds of the night outside as I hum along with some hand tools.

-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 05-05-2012 10:44 PM

I loved that cartoon as a kid … ill leave it at that heheh ….

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#3 posted 05-06-2012 04:42 PM

I’ve had ludite urges. My complicated life doesn’t need a complicated hobby. I can do this hobby with sharp rocks if I want. No one is depending on my efficiency and productivity to eat tonight.

With half my time spent doing set up and maintenance, (lest we forget piddling and distractions) when is there time for woodworking.

Of course for me there is the lack of required hand tool skills. Saint Roy is still learning, though 99% ahead of me.

Individuals should always apply Occam’s razor, with a dose of common sense, to move forward.

Unplug and go have fun.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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