Following on from yesterday’s post [I know, two posts in consecutive days!!], I’d like to try and think about where this blog will go next, once I’ve walked away from my workshop.
To me, the obvious choice seems to be to blog about some of my other interests; particularly, the ones I’ve been enjoying in my time away from woodworking.
First, this would include walking. Back in August, I found the self-confidence to start walking on my own and have covered many miles and climbed many hills around the Bristol and Somerset area. There are still many places I intend to visit and I have been very busy with my camera, for which I still need a space to blog about each ‘adventure’. I do most of these walks on my own and, although I’ve since joined a walking group to participate with and meet new people, I do hope to one day find someone who enjoys these walks with me… Well, there is actually someone who enjoys shorter walks for the photography aspect but, it’s a complicated situation!!
Those of you who’ve seen my work in British Woodworking magazine, as well as this blog, will know that I can write. I’ve never doubted that but, it was only this year that I decided to look in to an evening course in short fiction writing. We also covered a bit of poetry, which I really enjoy (although, most of mine seem to come from a dark and lonely place). Now that the 12-week course is complete, I need to keep writing and working on the short stories I have already started. Editing my own work doesn’t come naturally (that’s always been Nick’s job…) but I’ve learnt a heck of a lot within three-months.
I’m not looking to write a novel just yet but I could look in to self-publishing my own short stories. Or, what seems easier would be to enter them in to some of the many online competitions available. It’s a good way to get your work and name noticed, while there are often prizes to collect along the way. I’ve always wanted to write and publish something (a book of my own) on woodworking, without covering one of the subjects or topics (how-tos) that have already been done a hundred times. How about an anthology of poems or short stories titled, Words from the Workshop? 😉
Another plan of mine was to start 2013 with an evening course in learning the basics of playing the guitar, since I now own two of them, can’t play either one and would still like to be able to use the plans I bought to make my own, some day. Sadly, as I went to enrol on this course on Friday lunchtime, I was told that all the places had already been filled. I know, I left it too late! I’ll have to wait until the next term in another three months (I guess) before I can start that. Unless I search for a private tutor? Someone on my writing course did say that she found this easier than group tuition.
Art’s always been a passion of mine (mostly surrealism) and it is something I have neglected now for almost a full decade, since I dropped out of my A-Levels in the second year. I was looking for suitable courses at the Folk House in Bristol but, the ones I was most keen on were only running during daytime hours, when I would be at work.
There isn’t much else to my life, to be honest. Certainly, nothing else I can think of beyond a dream of travel that I feel I may never realise, with all these financial obstacles that keep cropping up – my van failed it’s MOT last week; it cost me over £300 to have it made road-legal again but, with all the welding required underneath (???), they’re doubtful as to whether it will pass the same test in twelve-months time. Another one for the scrap yard, then!
At some point in the new year, you can expect to see a change in the direction of this blog. Certainly, it will be less about the ‘Workshop’ but, I hope that many of you will still stick around. 🙂
Is this really the end of my woodworking?
Well, I don’t think so. As I said yesterday; I intend to keep as many of my hand and power tools as I can carry with me. I still haven’t thought about where they would live in rented accommodation without a garage, garden or shed but, I cannot afford to leave them behind. Friends and family will always need jobs doing, even if I have to work on a Black & Decker Workmate for a while…
Wherever I end up, it’s quite probable that I’ll need ‘new’ furniture of my own at some point. I’m one of the last people who would rush to the nearest IKEA store but, that still leaves the option of buying second-hand furniture. This is something my ex-girlfriend did to furnish her flat – we’re talking £20 for a tall unit with a base cabinet and shelves above, made from solid pine and varnished, ready for use! This was in the city of Gloucester but, I know there are other similar stores around Bristol and some even further south, close to my location. If you’re going to buy cheap then, why not spend the money on something that will last?! If any repair work or modifications are required then, I should be able to find some space to do that (I’ll certainly have all the tools).
I’ll keep reading about wood, I’ll keep writing when I can and I’ll try to hold on to a distant vision of one day occupying a workshop space of my own again.
- Self Storage for 2013? (ollypj.wordpress.com)
- WOODWORKING: staining IKEA furniture (forclarification.wordpress.com)
- The Writing Workshop (head-heart-health.com)
- Writing, Publishing, Literacy! (sheilapierson.wordpress.com)