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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 04-14-2011 05:34 PM

Having run a production shop for longer than I care to remember, I prefer the solitude when I’m working in my shop at home. I do enjoy being around people, just not when I’m working on a project. I get really focused and don’t want the distractions. Having had to keep track of what 6 or 8 others are doing every minute makes being alone very nice.

One of our ministers at church kept after me to “help” him with a project. He has no experience in woodworking or construction, yet he wanted to do it himself. All I needed to do was furnish my shop, design the project, get a materials list, tell him where to buy everything and teach him woodworking. Wow!!!!!!!!! See why I like to work alone? “Helping” him would take a 4 hour project and make it an 8 hour project. By the way, I do lots of church projects with others, but not those that require a furniture building skill level. Occasionally my wife will do a project, which I don’t mind. However, I count on not getting much done myself when she is there.

All that said, I do enjoy teaching others who are serious about woodworking, but not when I am doing my own projects. I do believe if I were retired, spending much more time in my shop, I might enjoy others being there. Now my time is so limited, it difficult to accomplish much as it is.


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