Working though a bit of Depression.....

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Project by Hacksaw007 posted 02-01-2011 03:24 AM 2438 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have been having a bit of depression for the last several weeks. Now I know that some people think that Christians aren’t suppost to get depressed, but we all do at times. And I just have been down lately, work had been weird, friends leaving, and just a lot of stuff going on that has been dragging me down lately. Last Saturday we were kind of in for the weather, and I got almost a whole day in the shop puttering around. I have a younger brother that I have not seen for a few years and during that time he got married. Living in Texas, I was not able to go down. I made him the Civil War pen with curly Narra wood, and his wife a lovely cigar pen out of a choice piece of Zebrawood. Both turned out very well. I am going to mail out these with a book that has some stories from my 100 year old grandmother (passed away last year) this week for a suprise to him.

Made the tea candle out of a special block that was scraped at work. The picture doesn’t show it but it is full of wavy grain and a nice section of white wood. I tried something different for the finish on this one. I used French Polish from Spruh Konig linked here at It worked well, but how durable it is, the vote is not in…..

The letter openers were from a e-bay auction that I bought a bunch of cheap stuff that some gentleman was getting out of the woodworking stuff. Nice stuff and cheap! Now if I was paying good money for the letter openers, it would not be a three section set up like these. While they are nice, you just have to think that a single piece of wood opener would be much stronger. But any way, since I have these, I decided to make up matching pens. If you can notice the shapes and designs also match from pen to letter opener. That must have been my designer part of me.

The key to this whole day of shop projects was that I was able to work my way out of being depressed by working in the shop. It was a very nice day. Need more of them.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 03:29 AM

The pens and the candel holder are beautiful. Great Job. Keep your chin up, there is always another day in the shop just around the corner.

-- Anthony

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#2 posted 02-01-2011 03:38 AM

They look geat! I hope you will keep being betta! I am glad the time in the shop was good to ya!

Best Wishes,


-- christopheralan

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#3 posted 02-01-2011 04:00 AM

Your nice day in the shop turn out some very beautiful items! Working the wood and having time to work it does seem to help in so many ways and satisfy many needs.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 04:06 AM


Hang in there brother! Things always get better. Glad you got some shop time in. Looks like a great set of projects. I see the laminations turn well in small versions also, not just your clubs.

Woodworking = therapy for me too.


-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 02-01-2011 04:12 AM

This is really neat looking stuff. I hope that one day I will be able to what you can already do with turning. Nice work.

-- Chris K in Georgia

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#6 posted 02-01-2011 04:17 AM

looks great mike… glad you are feeling better…..


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#7 posted 02-01-2011 04:25 AM

Ohhhh yes, we can all get depressed, only bad when it becomes a depression.
Life is a travel in mountains and valleys, and without the one, you will not have the other.
So remember the light becomes even brighter when the darkness is over.
Clever of you to do some nice wood turning to brighten up your mind.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 02-01-2011 04:27 AM

Nice work on the pens. I appreciate the post, too. Praying for you.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#9 posted 02-01-2011 04:50 AM

that is some beautiful wood work…the touch of the masters hand…im glad yo had a great day in the shop…having a break form the travails of life is always good…it brightens the soul and gives you a chance to take a breath of fresh air…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 02-01-2011 05:38 AM

I consider you a friend. I have bought wood from you and we are both Lumberjocks. Best wishes, you will work through this depression. God never gives us more than we can handle. But sometimes he lets us test ourselves and we become stronger. Keep the faith and keep turning!

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#11 posted 02-01-2011 03:27 PM

Gorgeous wood and superb craftsmanship. The new owners will be pleased and proud. The time was well spent and good therapy as well. I’m sure most of us know the blessings that come from working with wood include much more than a completed project.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 02-01-2011 04:34 PM

Beautiful turnings.

The shop can be your best therapy for working out the problems of life.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 02-01-2011 04:50 PM

Great work on the pens. thanks for posting them .This is what I tell my wife .It’s sawdust therapy. Work with wood that the good Lord gave us. He knows our mind and wants us to be happy and rejoycefull. What fun it is to make sawdust .

-- In His service ,Richard

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#14 posted 02-01-2011 06:38 PM

Hacksaw, These all look very nice and you did a great job. Oh yes we surely can become depressed. Life is a lot like a roller coaster in some ways. It can be up and down, fast and slow, etc., etc. Don’t feel like your any different than anyone else because we all experience our down times. I’m sort of down myself right now. I guess I’m getting old and realizing that I just ain’t the same man I used to be and this economy sure isn’t helping either. But, hey, you know what? It’s part of life. When we’re going through a down time we just gotta have faith that we’re just gonna bounce back. You’ll see – one time your down and then all of a sudden your coming back up. God Bless.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 02-01-2011 09:06 PM

i call this saw dust therapy…....

-- I often wonder "how did I get this lucky?"..t rec

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