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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:54 pm 
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…easy to get into, but hard to get out of. -Johnny Bench

I sympathize with anyone in a slump as I’ve been in something of a slump myself for the past few months. I suppose that I could blame the global pandemic, or some recent failures at basket making, bread baking (yes, I too have made sourdough), or just about anything else. It doesn’t really matter why though, does it? When you’re off your game, you can either wallow in it, or you can put your head down and plow on.

Often, when I’m lacking motivation, I’ll tell myself that dredging up some sort of artificial enthusiasm will only produce mediocre results and prolonged misery. In truth, enthusiasm is a product of success, and in order to succeed you need to attempt, …something, anything. Sometimes, a fortuitous event will help to pull yourself up. In my case, it was an email from a potential customer. I recently got a request for some dock chairs, one of my more popular offerings that I am comfortably competent with, and which I enjoy making .

So, apathy conquered, I now need to take on inertia. Wish me luck.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:08 pm 
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Tom,

I am using this time to renovate the inside of my bay cottage. I was in a slump and the renovation revitalized me. I am taking the approach that I am not letting the frustrating details of renovating a 1950's cottage bother me, instead I am embracing them. If it takes 20 minutes to fix a problem good. If it takes all day that's OK too.

For those in a slump I will tell you that doing something that you have been putting off makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Also, physical activity improves the over all body too. Like my Son in Law the PT says........."Motion is the lotion!"

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:27 am 
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Like everyone else, I have to have something to do. Doing nothing drives me crazy.
Luckily, I had a carriage to build. Just finished it and shipped it to Philadelphia.
I didn't post any pictures here because you guys must be getting tired of seeing the same stuff.

Here it is anyway. :shock:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:58 am 
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Tom.

When I hit a slump I wallow in it for a while
until I get bored.
Then I work out of it by doing something small and fairly quick.
Then its on to bigger, better, more complicated, etc.

Thanks for sharing

BTW the deck chairs look very good.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:19 pm 
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Tom,

Been going throught the same thing ately myself. Been building cabinets and doors for the laundry room in our new home. just havent been motivated. Id knock this out in a week normally, its been going on for a couple of months now.

Im hoping Im not wasting my money on a new shop Im having build.

Im also hoping it will motivate me to get out and get busy again.

I had hopes of starting a small woodworking business here. Plenty of opportunity and work to be had.

But just dont feel the love right now.


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Tom,

Been going throught the same thing ately myself. Been building cabinets and doors for the laundry room in our new home. just havent been motivated. Id knock this out in a week normally, its been going on for a couple of months now.

Im hoping Im not wasting my money on a new shop Im having build.

Im also hoping it will motivate me to get out and get busy again.

I had hopes of starting a small woodworking business here. Plenty of opportunity and work to be had.

But just dont feel the love right now.


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