Today I rang in the New Year a little early; I went back to the bench for the first time since having back surgery 6 weeks ago. I am being careful, listening to my body, and working in short shifts with plenty of down time in between sessions but I am working again!
The bench shot shows some wood that will become several walnut dulcimers. I have some orders for walnut dulcimers and have had a few more inquiries about dulcimers in walnut. Is some famous celebrity playing a walnut dulcimer?
I had already bent the sides in the photograph but they needed a little touch-up on the hot-pipe to get them just right. The small crock-pot is my glue-pot. When I heated up the glue-pot I knew I was really getting back to work!
I have a few other instruments in the queue and will take on the tasks to make them as I am able.
By having to work slowly and in short installments I find myself focusing more on each small process. I can’t remember the last time I felt such joy in trimming a side to length with a dozuki and bench hook.
For now it is a day at a time with no expectation of how often I can work or how much I will accomplish each time I enter the shop but life is rolling back towards normal.
Well, what I consider normal. Your mileage may vary.
Happy New Year!