Issue 411

Issue 411

January Slump

Rob-Portrait351Here in the frozen north, the Farmer’s Almanac has a saying: “As the days start to lengthen, the cold starts to strengthen.” This meteorological fact, accompanied by the state of affairs where I have completely consumed the last bit of holiday sugary treats, can lead to a bit of a slump. The deadline-driven productivity of holiday gift building is past; the warmth of regular family contact is a memory — so my English setter, Leeroy, and I are left with huddling under piles of blankets watching This Old House. Leeroy is a great cuddler.

But fear not: there are birthdays galore in January, so gifting deadlines are there to launch me into action soon. And my shop is heated — so the slump’s days are numbered.

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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