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Dusting Off The Blog…

May 20, 2016


To paraphrase LR Knost, it can be amazing and awful and ordinary at times. Sometimes it hits you hard and knocks you on your arse. And it can take a while to gather yourself. But that’s what you have to do – stand back up, dust yourself off, get back to it.

I won’t go into any sordid details, but I will say I’ve taken some solid body blows from Life the last eight months or so. It had me against the ropes for a while, but I think I’ve pulled through. That round, anyway.

Not unscathed, though. My marriage didn’t survive the ordeal. So… there was a lot of awful for a while, to be honest.

I’ve tried to spin as many positives out of the situation as I could, though. I picked up my yoga activities. I started exercising more (mostly for an outlet of stress). I even signed up for a 5k training program and ran my first 5k race in April – a kilted 5k, if you can imagine! It wasn’t a huge race – 33 participants in all – but I managed to come in 3rd place overall and take 1st in my particular age group. And I ran a personal best 5k time of 25:46, which is pretty good, considering I’d not run more than a total of 30 minutes in my entire life before January of 2016.

Celebratory Pint

Celebratory pint of the good stuff!

I’ve been trying to do fun things with my Tiny Human to bring as much positive to him, as well. Last weekend we did some camping on the family farm with his cousin. And yeah, I have a beard now. Kind of weird seeing so much white, but it’s growing on me (both literally and figuratively speaking).


Tiny Human, his cousin, and an older-looking Kilted Woodworker.

In a weird twist of fate, I’m back in my old condo – the condo I sold to a friend of mine in 2007 – though I’m just renting it for the time being. It at least offers me some comfort of familiarity.

The other thing that took a hit was my woodworking. It might be noted I lost my workshop in the process of everything that has happened. Right now, it is all in boxes split between an attached garage and a walk-out basement. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I likely won’t be parking in the garage any time soon. Also, I apparently have a lumber gathering problem.

New Shop Layout Notes

I have a 12’x10′ space to work with; but also a bathroom with utility sink!

So I’m trying to come up with a plan of action for the part of picking up my life that involves the kilted woodworker. I have no idea how long I will be in the condo, so I can’t count on using the walls for any sort of permanent storage. That means I’m brushing off my notes for tool storage options – saw tills, tool chests, and storage boxes. But also it means paring down my tools so I don’t build storage for tools I don’t need or use.

In the near future, you might see some postings of tools for sale before I put them up on the popular auction site. I won’t ever try to get anything out of them past what I have in them. In some cases, they have been cleaned up and used, but there might also be some tools I bought and never got around to cleaning up and using.

You should also see posts building up to and involving bench and tool storage builds. Oh, and remember that conference table I build last year? The people I made it for asked me if I was interested in making two more tables for them – a hall/console table and an end table – and that might be in the works, as well.

Anyway… apologies for the extended hiatus. I hope to get back in the groove of things shortly. Thanks for bearing with me.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 20, 2016 2:34 pm

    Sorry to hear you have hit a rough patch, but it sounds like you have a good attitude and will come out better/faster/stronger. Most woodworkers understand wholeheartedly, rarely does life, good & bad, not interfere with our projects. The beard looks good on you and I’m sure you’ll make the most of the other changes in the road ahead.


    • May 20, 2016 3:44 pm

      Thanks, Jeremy! I appreciate the thoughts.

      I made it past the itchy stage, so that’s good. The weirdest thing about it I’m still getting used to is that it holds water really well? So I need to take extra time to dry it after showers. And I’m wondering if I need to go get beard oil or something. Probably not.

      I’m excited to figure out a plan for the workshop and make some progress with it. I think finishing a workbench will be top priority. If I have that, building everything else becomes easier.


  2. May 20, 2016 8:27 pm

    Ethan, I’m jealous of the beard! I can’t grow one to save my life. Jeremy’s right – you have a good attitude, and you’ll end up stronger for the experience. Best of luck in the months ahead. I’ll be rooting for you.


    • May 21, 2016 7:17 am

      Man, I’ve been fighting not having a beard for a long time. It’s interesting to finally let it go and see what happens. Thanks for the kind words and thoughts, Alex.


  3. May 21, 2016 4:44 am

    Hi Ethan,

    I’m sure you have found out that there are more important things in life than woodworking. But, I’m glad to see you back here.

    It will be interesting to see how you adjust to a new shop. It sounds like you’ll be losing some square footage, plus being a temporary place.

    Good luck!


    • May 21, 2016 7:20 am

      Yep, definitely losing some square footage. And very disorganized at the moment. I’m hoping this just forces me to do that which I should have done long ago, Brian, which is to build a proper bench, build a saw till, and then build a proper tool chest.

      There IS a lot more to life than woodworking, but woodworking is also one of the joys of life. So I need to get it added back in.

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  4. June 7, 2016 10:42 am

    Yeah. we tease him a lot ’cause we got him on the spot,
    Welcome back, Welcome back…
    You’ve got amazing strength my friend, totally impressed. Be well!


    • June 7, 2016 11:18 am

      Ah, many thanks, Ron. Feels good to write something again! More of that coming down the line, too, maybe… (pretense of future plans?)


  5. June 14, 2016 6:22 pm

    Hey Ethan,

    Wow, I don’t know how I missed this post (only just came across it now). I’m sorry to hear of all your recent trials and tribulations, but I’m very glad to hear that you are going to be picking your blog back up. I’m also looking forward to see what you do with your tool storage and shop organization issues. Mine is particularly disorganized and needs some attention in that area.

    All the best,



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