The year is drawing to a close once more, and it’s time to reflect how I spent my time. I sit back and ponder on how rocky and trying this year has been for me. Besides battling life’s daily challenges, I’ve accomplished in starting up a hand tool woodworking magazine. This was for me a most difficult and rocky journey. So many hurdles to jump and brick walls to smash. I did what some said couldn’t be done. Someone higher up in the food chain of corporate slavery said with a smug look on his face as he eyed me up and down. “Who are you to start-up a magazine?” My reply was simple and truthful without an ounce of arrogance in it. “I am me.” So I did it and it proved to be very successful. The feedback I got was it’s informative, educational, inspirational and unbiased which is what a magazine should be. I am not a journalist and therefore cannot write like one, but I’m still able to get the message across and thousands of readers are gaining the benefits in terms of knowledge and mental stimuli, which is what I hoped for. I have many great ideas and projects I would like to make and publish in future issues, but as always I’m struggling with finance and even when I do charge $5.00 for an issue it still won’t be enough to leave my job.
I designed the HANDWORK t-shirts, they are 100% cotton, very comfortable to wear and is of good quality, but the black is expensive. Not much I can do about that. Even though I got no interest in them and that being due to not having a fan based following, the response I got from people in the streets was astonishing. People eyeing the words “handwork” looking at the wooden jointer with curiosity and a sense of pleasure in their stare. This was an eye opener, and I did not expect it nor was I doing any marketing research. It proves that people are are sick to death of this plastic, mass producing society and are yearning for a release from it. They want to return to the simpler way of living, but have no clue how physically demanding that life is.
I also bought my last book I will ever buy again. I’ve realised I have a lot of books and I can’t fit anymore in my bookshelf and my drawer, besides I really don’t need anymore. I’ve read through most of them and will reread them all again because reading a book once is never enough to gain a true understanding. You will be surprised how much information you miss and it’s a good refresher.
Materialistically I haven’t done so well, but in terms of knowledge and skill I have gained more in these last 12 months than I have in 25 years. I’ve chosen this craft for myself as long as God permits me to continue down this path. I will continue to pass this knowledge onto others as long as they’re willing to listen. I always wanted to keep the magazine free, but I just don’t have the income, resources to cover it all. I don’t lust after wealth, I just need it like you do to survive. If heaven dropped a mountain of gold in my lap, I would spend my days researching and doing, but most of all helping others in need.
Merry Christmas to you all, be safe these holidays and have a very happy and prosperous new year. God Bless and take care. Peace.