|This trail is in walking distance of our apartment.|
The juvenile in me loves the name of this place.
|This photo is for Jonas.|
So, what do I do when I am not in my shop?
I came up with a list of some things I do that actually help when I am in the shop.
Think about woodworking
If you are anything like me, you will find yourself daydreaming a lot about wood. I actually find that this helps me in the shop, as when I finally get there for my 30 minutes I may get in that day, I will have thought about what it is that I am going to accomplish and how to do it. I think a lot when I am in the shop. Sometimes it slows me down. If I do my thinking away from the shop, perhaps a variety of solutions present itself to me. Take your time and then go for it!
As a continuation of thinking, I sometimes come up with projects and joint processes. It isn't a bad idea to write down some of your ideas here. There's nothing worse than figuring it all out, and then wondering what your idea was when you get in the shop.
Blogging about woodworking has done more to help me focus as a woodworker than almost anything else. After all, any yahoo can have a woodworking blog. Why not me? I soon found out that once people start reading it, your standards go up fast. Plus, it is an ego trip. It is neat to see that 500 people bothered to check out your latest project.
I love this new Miller's Falls knuckle joint block plane that I got from Sanford Moss. Luckily, I have a few really cool tools that are worth drooling over. I like to think about the quality of the tool I am holding, envision ways to use it, and just hold it in my hand. I haven't got the chance to use this tool all that much yet, but it fits my hand like a glove, and I feel just holding it helps me get to know the balance and operation of this tool that will be of assistance when I pull it out of the tool chest next to use.
|Miller's Falls #47|
Get to know tools. All kinds of tools. They are fun to look at. I imagine using them.
Don't go crazy with your credit card. Buy essential tools in the order that you need them, and dream about the rest.
It is important to get to know the different options from different manufacturers of tools. Also, it is good to look at old tools this way. If you decide you need a vintage tool, it helps if you know exactly what you want.
Read woodworking books/blogs/etc.
If you didn't know the value of this, you wouldn't be reading this!
Actually, reading about woodworking is the second best way to learn about it. Since you can't be in a live class all the time, reading everything you can get your hands on is invaluable.
Think more about woodworking
If you have done all the rest, you won't be able to help this step.
What do you do that helps you with woodworking when you are out of the shop?