I’m not much of a New Year’s resolution kind of guy. OK, It would be nice to drop a few pounds in the coming year and I’m going to try – But I’m not going to publicly set a goal for the world to see me miss. Instead I have made a few woodworking resolutions. These are things that I think I could actually accomplish.
- Make a Tall Case Clock. I’ve started by researching already – this is one I’ve hoped to do for sometime. Last year I would have said I would finish it before the contest meeting of the Cincinnati Woodworking Club but that’s pretty unlikely I think. The cost in movement and hardware (and other materials) alone will make beginning of May tough. Maybe I’ll surprise myself.
- Learn how to carve. I’ve made some initial steps on this too. I’ve registered for a class with Mary May (www.marymaycarving.com) and my wife Maryanne bought me a few of the gouges I need for Christmas. I’ll fill in the other ones soon and try to get them tuned up for the class. I’ve not actually ever taken a multi-day, out-of-town class in any woodworking subject, so it will be an interesting experience at Kelly Mehler’s (ww.kellymehler.com) school in April.
- Not really a woodworking thing but I would like to do a little dressing up of my shop. I’m thinking a little painting and maybe even some trim. I don’t think I can add a window – that would be outstanding though – but I can make it a nicer place to be. I think I’ve abandoned the idea I’ve had of a separate shop from the house. The floor I added in 2011 was a huge improvement and doing some painting, etc…would be the next step.
Happy New Year everyone! Make something.