While I am sitting at my desk, I like to listen to music. And I have found that the older I get, the more I like the music from my high school days, something about it makes me feel comfortable and happy. This does in no way imply that I was ever a super happy type guy in high school. Anyway, a song just popped up that brought back a memory I had not thought about in a long time. 10CC The Things We Do For Love. It was 1979 (I think), and I was attending a Band Camp at a University. (Yeah, I know it sounds geeky, but I was on the wrestling squad along with being in the band, therefore I was a tough geek). Anyway, the university had all these small piano practice rooms in the music department building, and being a big suave goof ball, I had a young lady with me and we went to play the piano together in one of those rooms. Anyhoo, she plays this song, The Things We Do For Love, and does a good job with it, then next thing I know, her arms are around my shoulders and she is kissing me like the world is going to end tomorrow. Needless to say, that was a good memory, so every time I hear that song, like Pavlov’s dog, a warm and fuzzy feeling comes over me.
Now what the hell does this have to do with woodworking? Good question! (Sorry, but this is a loose connection, but a connection none the less.) Just like older music makes me feel good, the more and more I find that I feel comfortable with my (new) vintage tools. I don’t know, something about them just makes me feel good. It’s like putting on your favorite pair of sneakers.
The more I think about it, comfort in your shop and with your tools is important. A good tool can make you feel confident and relaxed which is vital for hand sawing. If you relax that death grip, the saw will cut straighter, and the same applies for wood turning too. You need to be relaxed and comfortable to make good cuts.
What makes you comfortable in your shop?
I do apologize for not writing much lately, but to be honest, I have had nothing to write about! So in lieu of my lack of work, here are some blogs you might like: