Is it strange or is it normal?

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Blog entry by Randy Sharp posted 07-07-2008 05:53 PM 2043 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First things first. I cleaned my pine scrap bin out this weekend. Should finish up with 10 more “cart-o-blocks” this week. Now to find ten children to give them to.

I’ve been wondering if I’m the only one around, or are there more like me? On Friday and Saturday, I had the urge to go to the shop for no apparent reason. I didn’t have any particular purpose in mind, just wanted to sit and be with “my stuff,” kinda like being around family.

The shop is a double garage, so I mostly just sit and look out into the back yard, then back to the tools. An occasional bird stops in the grass to find a quick snack. Hmmm, the yard looks good freshly cut.

There’s something peaceful about being in the shop, even when it’s blistering hot. I sit in front of the fan and eat those flavored “ice-pops.” Every few minutes, I’ll spot something that takes about 10 seconds to do – pick up a scrap on the floor, put the hammer back in its’ place. But mostly, just sit and think of nothing at all. In understand that men have an easy time doing this – thinking of nothing.

Even before going to work during the week, I have to visit the shop, if only for a minute or two.

Is it strange or is it normal for guys to do this?

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#1 posted 07-07-2008 05:58 PM

Well, if it’s strange, then I’m strange. I do this, too. I enjoy just going in and sitting, looking outside into the timber at the animals. Then, I’ll look around in the shop, maybe think of some things that aren’t even shop related. My shop is more than a shop to me, it’s a place where I can have some quiet time.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 07-07-2008 06:07 PM

Same here. I have to go out to the shop at least a couple times a day even if I don’t have anything I am working on. Like steve said it is a place where I can just get away from everything else.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Don Newton

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#3 posted 07-07-2008 06:14 PM

Hey….maybe I’m not as weird as everyone’s been telling me! I also enjoy admiring my shop, even if it’s only to put that hammer away. After all it’s MY shop and MY hammer.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#4 posted 07-07-2008 06:34 PM

Perfectly normal thing to do in my book…..Lucky me , I get to walk through my shop everytime I leave the house or get back home from work ! There’s just something peaceful about being in there , whether it’s the aroma of the different woods or the smell of a certain finish that I’ve applied to one of my projects OR just planning how I’d like to rearrange my shop if only I had more room to do so : ) I don’t know if it’s just a MAN thing or if the Ladies out there get the same feeling from their shops.
How about it Ladies , what’s your verdict ? Peace and Happiness to all : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 07-07-2008 06:38 PM

Sounds pretty normal to me. The visit before going to “the paying job”, I account to wistfulness for the day I get to putter around all day. Hopefully I’ll get to retire someday.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#6 posted 07-07-2008 06:39 PM

My shop is in the basement. The washing machine is in the basement. It takes me several hours to put the clothes into the washing machine. :>)

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

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#7 posted 07-07-2008 07:30 PM

Randy – there you go – another guy being sexist “Is it strange or is it normal for guys to do this?”

We girls do this to!!!!!

Now one thing I will agree with and that is “I understand that men have an easy time doing this – thinking of nothing” I’m quite certain this is true!!!

PS – Just having some fun!!!! :-)

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Mark Shymanski

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#8 posted 07-07-2008 07:39 PM

I too can spend inordinate amounts of time doing nothing specific in the shop, or can work intensely for the same length of time…both seem to be equally relaxing though.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Gerald Miller

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#9 posted 07-07-2008 08:11 PM

Whew! I do the same thing. I have told mo wife I going to the shed and snuck a book (a western or mystry novel) and a cup of coffee and did the same thing, just sat in MY SPACE. Felt like a little kid sneaking around. Now that I know there are others like me (kind of like the new movie Hancock) I will proudly announce that “I am going to MY SHED and read a good book”.

-- Jerry Miller

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#10 posted 07-07-2008 08:33 PM

I don’t try to do it, but I do. I think it has as much to do with being either 1)overwhelmed by my project or 2) being overwhelmed by my mess. I rarely can accomplish what i set out to do in the course of a day. Thats just one reason I found it so interesting to follow Blake’s sewing table blog. Man did he ever crank that piece out, nevermind how good it ended up being.

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#11 posted 07-07-2008 08:36 PM

Sounds like we all do the same thing. Now off to ‘the shop’ to do nothing…

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#12 posted 07-07-2008 09:21 PM

It’s strange not to do it.

-- - Ray

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#13 posted 07-08-2008 02:03 AM

I thought I was the only one. :-)

Most of the time when I do it, I just sit there and eyeball my tools laying around. I imagine how a particular tool will look among the other tools. Should I hang it vertically, horizontally, beside which tool. Should I group them together like layout and marking tools on one side, striking tools on another and should the time come that I have a collection of wooden hand planes they will be arranged in the middle of the rack and be the star among stars. This I do everytime I am in the shop.

Now that someone mentioned about reading a book in a shop, I am now thinking of putting my growing collection of John Lecarre/Robert Ludlum hardbound novels (I am really preparing for my retirement) on their own space in the shop.

Mind you I always take a nap on top of my bench whenever i feel like it. My shop is my refuge.

-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#14 posted 07-08-2008 02:52 AM

I have sat in the shop doing nothing for hours, if I go into shop during the day and open the garage door within a few minutes a chipmunk will show up looking for handouts. I listen to the radio, or just sharpen a not so dull plane iron. Today I thought I was heading toward crazy when I left an air conditioned house to sit in a 90+ degree shop and look out the door.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#15 posted 07-08-2008 02:59 AM

That’s why it’s taken several (several dozen) months to clean the basement. Sometimes It’s hard to get up the energy to get off the couch, but doing anything, or nothing, down in the basement is energizing.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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