Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A simple transformation of self

Yesterday we began box making in the new ESSA wood studio and as we were making our morning introductions, I was reminded that we were all there for specific reasons that had a bit to do with boxes, and a bit more to do with transformation and refinement of self.

We all have taken on challenges of growth that are broken down into joints, and hinges, and decorative techniques and the like, but these  simple terms we use as handles to explain the abstract complexity of the human condition. I am grateful to share a journey with some wonderful new friends. I could not have fallen in with a better bunch.

The shop naturally has a few glitches. The jointer loaded up with shavings and had to be cleaned out. The band saws needed tuning. The blade that came on one saw needed to be replaced. Students were put in the position of helping each other, and each pitched in to assist. In the meantime, students have interesting boxes in the works, and have been preparing stock to make even more. Today will be more of the same. I plan to get students started making finger joints, and add other techniques to the process.

Make, fix, create and assist others in learning likewise.

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