It’s been two dang years since my last blog entry, Hot damn! Since then, I have been quite distracted with life.
For me, the covid horseshit pandemic wasn’t the biggest drag for my lifestyle; instead it was meeting a woman and “falling in love” and getting pregnant, and then having a baby at the end of April 2021 that really threw a monkey wrench into the works.
Since Jojo was born, I have been (until recently) full time daddy, with some babysitting help from my mom and dad. My shop is 50 miles from my baby’s momma’s house, so there was a lot of driving back and forth, a lot of home improvement work at her place, and a lot of burning up of my creative and effective energy on things apart from my knifemaking business. A couple of months ago, the decision to quite polishing a turd of a relationship was made, and now I am 50% daddy, which is allowing me a lot more time to work on things around the shop and homestead.
Lately, I’ve been working on finishing projects that have created untidiness in and around the shop, and attempting to update some of my workstations so that I might be more efficient in future production.
Distracting projects have also included: building a chicken coop for half of the flock that we started at momma’s house; cutting trees that either fell from heavy rain and wind, or preemptively cutting them to avoid winter storm calamity; constructing bunk beds and king bed for my apartment to make better accommodations for the roommate who was supposed to move in but then backed out; reorganize and declutter my personal and office space so that when Jojo is around, she doesn’t get into as much trouble; and many others. Before the weather gets consistently cold, I also need to do mechanic and body work projects on several cars, vans and trucks. Also, the logs resulting from tree cutting need to be milled into lumber for our new sawmill and tractor sheds.
The CNC blade projection efforts laid out in the previous blog post took a back burner for many reasons, but as I get more distractions out of my way, I think that I’ll find new energy to spend time getting the machine fully operational (it was busted for a long while, now it needs vetting and reassembly after replacing a filter capacitor which seems to be the only thing that was wrong with it) and then I can finish processing all the tomahawk and sword blanks I have ready to work on.
One last thing to note is that my dog Rigs got sick in March 2020 and I had to put him down on my 40th birthday on the 25th. I suppose he was making room for the new baby who arrived almost exactly a month later.
Summarizing the last 2 years I would say that just living in the present has kept me sane, but not as productive as I would like. Moving forward, my focus will be to facilitate the best possible childhood for my little girl, considering the circumstances. Putting God, my health and family first should be the smart bet, so I’m going to do that as much as possible.
Updating this website is on the list, so is getting off of instagram, and switching from youtube to rumble.