Saturday, November 24, 2018

Fall Reflections

On this Saturday after Thanksgiving, I’m sitting by a warm fire reflecting on the year that is quickly drawing to a close. With five inches of fresh snow on the ground, all is quiet except for the dripping of melting snow from the roofline and the crackling of the stove. It is a good time for thinking about the past, and the future.

This has been another busy year. Once again, I spent a total of 76 days away from home this year fighting wildland fires in five different states. That didn’t leave much of a summer for anything else. I’m getting too old to keep that up. Maybe one more year and then I’ll quit. It seems like I’ve been saying that for a few years now.

After returning from my last fire near the end of September, I had to quickly try to accomplish all the household chores I didn’t get done during the summer. Finally, in late October, I was able to get back into the shop and begin working on saws again. In the past month I’ve completed four saw restorations, finished building a couple of saws that I’d started months ago, and sharpened a few saws for outside clients. Things are in full swing now. I have several more saws to restore this winter, and I’d like to make a few more new saws as well. That will be in addition to all the other things that must get done, like the furniture restoration and picture framing projects for the wife. The work never stops. But that’s the way I like it, spending my time productively.

I’ve listed a few more saws on my “For Sale” page. Be sure to check them out. The matched set of brass back sash and dovetail saws is particularly nice. Here is a picture.