Holiday Huzzah

Rob Johnstone Photo

As a member of a blended family with conflicting schedules, along with seasonal sickness and other complicating factors, we just completed celebrating approximately 17 family “Christmases.” They were all fun, and the family connections were a true blessing.

At the same time, I have never been more motivated to go back to work and think non-festive thoughts. Give me a spreadsheet — please, a meeting where we consider basis points or top-of-the-funnel marketing. Let me build a project or clean the shop. (Like the Christmas gifts shown below.)

Rob's Christmas bowl projects

But with a new year soon to come before us, this season has reminded me once again what a fortunate person I am. And I hope that is true for you as well.

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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