As Rosanne Rosannadanna used to say, “if it is not one thing, it’s another, and it just goes to show that it’s always something!” That’s very true about life and very true about life in the workshop.
Case in point: My hand tool skills are getting better and better the more I use them. But now, my bandsaw has a problem and my power planer is making a funny noise. It’s like my power tools are going on strike. Could they possibly be jealous of my beloved LN #4 smoothing plane? I know it sounds stupid, but each night before I leave the shop, I stop at the door and say, “Good work today shop, see you tomorrow!” They say plants grow better if you talk to them, I sure wish it would work for my shop. Hopefully that last positive vibe I throw out there will combat the toxic cloud of negative mutterings. Just between you and me, I think that is what causing my roof to leak.
I really need get my muse on the phone and get to work on something special. My current commission work is getting boring, (no pun intended), but I just have not had any good ideas lately. Having a cold has not helped me feel very motivated either. I need my muse to give me good swift kick in the backside.
Odds and Ends
The Odds: The couple of days ago, I saw the latest episode of “The Woodwright’s Shop” which featured Christopher Schwarz. He did a really good job explaining the different classes of hand saw cuts. I’ll spare you the boring details. I thought it was really interesting, but it bothered me that Roy Underhill acted like such a buffoon. Did anyone see that?
BTW, I just got finished watching the second episode with Christopher Schwarz on “The Woodwright’s Shop”, and that episode was really interesting too. If you saw that episode and remember the name of the book they were talking about, let me know.
The Ends: The other night I attended the Wood Whisperer Guild meeting, and a question came up, “What finish do you like to use on your bowls? And a couple of people mentioned that they use shellac for salad bowls. Even if the shellac was cured, I would think that shellac would wear off quickly. And personally, I don’t like the idea of lac bug spit-up residue in my salad. Any of you turners out there use shellac for bowls you eat out of?
Back to the grind. Literally!