When I Am An Old Worker of Wood

When I Am An Old Worker of Wood...
I shall wear the loudest flannel shirts I can find, and I shall wear great wide blazing suspenders.
And I shall talk more while I work.
On the porch of my shop I shall carve and shape wood in my loud flannel shirts with the great blazing suspenders, and I shall talk about the happiness to be found in this life. Folks young and old who pass by will be welcomed to join me.
And they will want to.
They will tell others they know of this old geezer who works wood the old way, slowly, by hand, and who somehow just makes them feel a little better for having spent a little time with him.
On the porch of my shop, when I am an old worker of wood in my loud flannel shirts and great blazing suspenders, I shall see my work less as an end in itself and more as the means of sharing what I know about it, and what I've been able to learn about getting along in this life.
I shall make fewer things when I am an old worker of wood, and know that taking a time of quiet between projects is as much a part of the work as the work itself and that taking it requires, perhaps, more skill to do well. And I will be grateful that I took the time to study the work of those who went before me when I was younger, both theory and technique. I will be more grateful that they are no longer just theory and technique, but an intuitive pathway, a discipline that allows for freedom.
I shall dislike less styles of work when I am an old worker of wood, accepting each as a distinct and no less essential part of the whole.
I will work less and listen more when I am an old worker of wood. I will listen as youngsters ask me to show them some method of work, and I will encourage and I will smile. I will marvel at how proficient they are and not regret that I waited so long myself to start at this passion for shaping wood, and I shall realize that we each grow as we can, and that it matters less where we finish than that we got started at all. I will finally accept when I am a wise old woodworker, that a rose can only grow in a day what a rose can grow in a day.
I will talk more when I am an old worker of wood, about the gratitude I have for the mystery of life. Only rarely, and only if asked, will I ever offer advice. I will provide those who choose to join me on the porch of my shop an example that they can be happy in this world without having all the answers to all of the questions all the time.
I will listen too, when I am an old worker of wood, for their questions left unasked. I will know then, as we work side by side and the mutuality of our passion builds friendship, that they will want to know more from this old geezer than just how to make dovetails and apply finish. I will know when I am older and much, much wiser that the answer most needed for most of the young is not "You're doing that right," as much as it is:
"You are going to be just fine."
I will be more humble when I am an old worker of wood, (God, please!), and I will more often be the butt of my own jokes. Most of my peers will think I'm a bit simple and they will be more right than they know.
On the porch of my shop, when I am an old worker of wood, I will take longer and longer pauses in my work and honor more and more the work of others. I will serve them my coffee as they gather on the porch and when they ask their questions it will take me longer and longer to answer. I will take long pauses to consider, when I am a great gray cloud of an ancient worker of wood, whether any of the opinions that I have to offer are necessary, are true, and are kind.
Michael Baglio (with thanks and a snap o' the 'spenders to Miss Jenny Joseph)
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"Michael Baglio @nc.rr.com>" <mbaglio<NOSPAM> wrote in message

Very good! It went into the "Save" folder immediately.
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Good read, Michael. Thanks.
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"Michael Baglio @nc.rr.com>" <mbaglio<NOSPAM> wrote in message

<snip>
Another keeper!
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Great!
You might add:
And I won't laugh at my wife when she wears a red hat and a purple dress.
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Where ARE those Iraqi WMDs?

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Been saving my pennies for a set of those that look like tape measures myself.
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snipped-for-privacy@adelphia.net says...

I've got them. But those great big clips are hell on the furniture.
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Check out these suspenders. I have a pair, they are great! (and I am only 47 y.o.)
http://www.suspenders.com /
-Dan V.
On Sun, 29 Feb 2004 16:06:22 -0800, Larry Blanchard

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On Sun, 29 Feb 2004 18:17:03 -0500, "KYHighlander"

Aren't those kind of suspenders used to measure fish you catch?
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On Sun, 29 Feb 2004 06:00:58 GMT, Michael Baglio

Great Googly Moogly! Izzit a cross between the Nahm and Grandpa Walton?

Change to "I shall dislike fewer styles..." prior to mass printing. -ED

"Say, what are those marks on your back and chest? Oh, someone's been snapping your suspenders again, haven't they?"
You get an "A" and a gold star for today, Mikey. Beautiful story.
(Here's another one for the humor page, Weegee. File it under "sniffly stuff".)
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On Mon, 01 Mar 2004 16:18:45 GMT, Larry Jaques

Good catch, Larry. I actually re-read this one prior to posting, so I missed it _twice._ Can't even blame the spell checker. What an idoit. ;>
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On Sun, 29 Feb 2004 06:00:58 GMT, Michael Baglio

<sniparoo>
In all fairness, Michael - I think that you should have warned Keeter that Ms. Joseph's famous poem begins with the line:
"When I am an old woman
I shall wear
PURPLE"
Thomas J. Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.) (Real Email is tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet) http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1 /
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wrote:

Y'know, Thomas, I must have actually been _in_ the shop, actually _doing_ something during the whole "purple" thing. I missed whatever thread started it, entirely.
(On a totally unrelated, (and therefore almost mandatory), sidenote: You still own that amazing (b*tch*n, Keeter) F-150 on the front of your website? I'm guessing '87, as I used to own one looked just like it. Damn fine vehicle, all 13mpg of it. Hated, _really_ hated, to give it up.)
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"Michael Baglio @nc.rr.com>" <mbaglio<NOSPAM> wrote in message

Looks almost identical to my '89, except for a considerable amount of cancer on mine. 200K, still going.
Nahmie
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On Mon, 01 Mar 2004 23:51:31 GMT, Michael Baglio

I'll be buried in it.
She's got 135,000 miles on her and currently drives sixty miles a day, mostly on the Autobahhhhhhnnnnnnnnn, (pennsyltucky turnpike).
The current models look like they were extruded through a sphincter.
If the current Dodge Ram driven craze for bodies that look like turds with wheels ever ends, I might consider buying new.
Thomas J. Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.) (Real Email is tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet) http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1 /
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HAHAHHAHA Funny you should say that. After driving my old straight 6, 4 speed 86 F-150 4X2 (that's what was on the factory wheel cover centers) I went to trade her in on a brown, spankre <read brand, spanking> new 97 model. 4X4, black/burgundy with burgundy interior. After kicking the tires and looking at the awesome V-8 with an automatic, I asked the salesman (the same one who sold me the ass kickin 86) if there was going to be a lawsuit with Ford and have my truck taken away from me. He got a stupider look on his face and said why??? I said cause you all (Ford) stole the body style from Dodge! Well, that probably tacked on another couple grand on the final price. Salesman abuse of something!!! But I loved every minute of him stammering and stuttering.
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brought forth from the murky depths:

So what did the guy say about the price of tossing a newer 302/4OD into it?

You don't like the Yuppie Trucks? The 18 over 4's?
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brought forth from the murky depths:

with that line, anywho?
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Wonderfully written. Thank you!
-Dan V.
On Sun, 29 Feb 2004 06:00:58 GMT, Michael Baglio

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Sun, Feb 29, 2004, 6:00am (EST+5) NOSPAM
<snip> Folks young and old who pass by will be welcomed to join me. <snip>
Last people that passed by were Jehovah's Witnesses. I'm not sure if they felt welcomed or not - haven't seen any come by since. That was a few years ago, and they used to come by regular. LMAO
I will listen too, when I am an old worker of wood, for their questions left unasked. <snip>
Ha, not me. I learned long ago, to tell 'em, if they want to know something, they need to ask, because I can't read minds.
they will want to know more from this old geezer <snip>
Sounds like you don't have kids. My kids think I'm a flaming idiot.
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