Do you ever get stuck?
Of course you do –
in fact, we all feel this way from time to time.
Would you like me to tell you a sure fire way to fix these down-trodden moods of absolute blah-ness ?
I’ve got the remedy…
Go into your workshop, grab a short piece of straight-grained hardwood;
something that isn’t going to beat you up.
Pick-up your favorite hand plane, remove the iron and sharpen it-
I mean REALLY sharpen it.
Now, reset the iron, scribble a bit of wax across the sole of the plane,
take a few deep breathes, ( in through the nose…out through the mouth )
and start planing.
Nice, easy shavings…
Full width, the entire length of the stock.
Over and over and over again-
just keep planing.
One pass overlapping the last by a little.
I bet you’re starting to feel better already.
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As the minutes slowly drift by, you’ll find something magical starting to happen.
Not only will you begin to feel better about things,
but you’ll start to feel downright inspired!
Your mind will start to wander-
you’ll start feeling exhilarated;
you’ll start thinking about the beautiful shavings curling up and out of the hand plane your holding.
You’ll start to see small reflections in the surface of the hardwood as it becomes smoother and smoother.
The wood grain starts to ripple and shimmer and you’ll start thinking about the furniture piece, or small cabinet,
or precious gift you’ll be able to craft from this glistening piece of hardwood before you.
Suddenly those uninspired and unmotivated feelings are long since forgotten.
Even if you try, you can’t remember how or why you ever felt stuck in the first place.
You’ve come along way in a very short time.
Through movement, breathing and the creative process.
It’s the remedy for the soul.
Try it and you’ll see what I mean.
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