Just a Week

This last week hasn’t been the most exciting week I’ve ever had but at the end of it I am still alive. The week hasn’t exactly gone as I’d planned. Work has been extra specially stressful this week and I had to take my older brother to the doctor. I had visions of starting my exercise program and getting my taxes ready for my accountant – hasn’t happened.

I’ve also been trying to work on my “intertext” project and I’ve managed to add a couple of lines to my influence listings but otherwise, nothing. I was rereading Asimov’s “Foundation” books with hopes of finding a great insight – even started writing a post on the subject – but I ran out of energy and read “Pegasus Bridge” by Stephen Ambrose instead. Good book, it didn’t help me get any closer to my lent goal of “inner reflection,” but it did provide a common interest for me and a co-worker to talk about during a lunch break.

This morning in church I found myself strangely soul weary. It was a good service but nothing in the exercise seem to give me energy and I left wondering why I don’t feel really excited or energized to go do ‘great’ things.

I don’t want to to start dragging everybody down with my woes – which I easily could. Turns out I am really good at telling how bad my life is (I’ve got at least three things on my plate right now I could spin a woeful tale about). But I am going to force myself away from all that and try to ignore my inner “Eeyore” and just focus on the really good day I had this week.

Yesterday, Heather and I went to a marquetry class run by the president of our local club. It was at his shop (that I just envy) – this man has just about every tool a wood worker could want and has more space in his shop than I have in my house. He is very generous with his time and knowledge and we had a great day.

The class was creating marquetry using the pad method. Exactly how it is done is the subject of a different post and requires pictures. Basically it is stacking a bunch of veneers together into a thick pad and cutting them all at once. Then you pick through the pieces to create your picture.

Heather and I are making a set of three serving trays with marquetry. Two of the trays will have roses and one will be a bird. This was the third class session with the club on this. The first time we cut the basic tray. The second class I cut the sides out of walnut and mahogany. Yesterday was about getting the picture cut into the background. There is still a lot of work to do but that will be fun.

I find the whole process interesting, exciting and fun. When we finish the trays we’ll have three objects that we created ourselves. It is in the learning and the creating that I am finding renewal and hope. I don’t have the words to say it right, but here is something that I’ve never been able to do before, that with help from friends I will be able to do. A new skill – a new thing I can create.

I am also found the process rewarding because it was something that Heather and I can do together. Each of us brings something different to the project and together we’re able to make something better that one of us could alone. Turns out I am better at the scroll saw but Heather has a better eye for design and did the sand shading far better than I ever could. By the end of the day we had two roses cut and ready for gluing – something we couldn’t have done on our own.

It is all part of a notion that has been in my head for awhile – it is in creating that we find the source of our spirit and the energy to renew our soul.

Until the next post, I’ll be in the shop – creating something.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering Then I got prostate cancer Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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2 Responses to Just a Week

  1. Marv Tanner says:

    Hi Andrew,
    I just started reading the novel “Kill Shot” by Vince Flynn. In his prefaced acknowledgment he tells of his recently diagnosed prostrate cancer and the radiation treatments he has received. Made me think of you. When I am finished with the book, I will give it to you. You may or may not like the story, but you will like his personal message. The story is about a loner CIA agent whose mission is to kill terrorists. I have read all his books and have liked them all.
    We enjoyed hearing Heather tell of her scouting years. Elaine did a superb job putting the program together.
    Marv

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    • Andrew says:

      Marv,
      I’d love to read it. I am getting a book next month I want to give you – more when I get my hands on it.

      Guess I’ll have to do my boy scout post. I was in the boy scouts once. Had the distinction of lowest ranked Senior Patrol Leader among all the troops at Camp High Sierra – I was a second class scout and was the senior rank in my troop – not all of my fellow scouts followed scouting law…

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