Before we move into this, my heartfelt thanks go to the most wonderful woodworking you’s out there who were able to send in every video and comment surrounding my birthday.. It was truly gratifying and very humbling; I felt so encouraged by all that was done and said. Thank you
c. 1300, “to regain consciousness,” from Anglo-French rekeverer (13c.), Old French recovrer “come back, return; regain health; procure, get again” (11c.), from Medieval Latin recuperare “to recover” (source of Spanish recobrar, Italian ricoverare; see recuperation). Meaning “to regain health or strength” is from early 14c.; sense of “to get (anything) back” is first attested mid-14c. Related: Recovered; recovering.
I snatched the above paragraph to help everyone understand what the actual root of the word recovery really is. In my world of words and woods I already knew that the two words could readily unite inextricably by a natural association and that that’s because my whole world has been that association throughout my life.
In my world, whether I am in the city or the countryside, Europe, Asia or anywhere on the American continent, I see nature and woodworking, people of any and all backgrounds, interrelating seamlessly for the benefit of good. We are all recovering from something and how much quicker the RECOVERY when we are making. In my world the ax and a handsaw, a drawknife, spokeshave, plane and the world of trees and wood draw each entity into the creative union of making. A tree dropped 300 years past yields reclaimed wood for me to make from. First it lived its life in the forest, providing clean air for life’s breath and hosting endless life and even greater growth by other creatures ranging from complex fungi to flying squirrels, apes and snakes. The converted tree provided wood for a hundred pieces of extremely diverse work and then beyond in byproducts. Secretaires, dining chairs, coffee tables and baby cots. millions upon millions of pieces that stood serving people everywhere for a hundred and two hundred years and more. Imagine pick ax handles and ladders, farm wagons, coaches, car chassis and bodies and then too planes, gliders, windmills and so much more. Then from damaged pieces came the era of restoration with recreation — RECOVERY if you will –wherein lies the true beauty of our choice word, RECOVERY. Here a rite of passage continues that speaks of rejuvenation, recreation, revitalisation, recuperation.
Now then, let’s look briefly into the the thread I saw woven throughout my YouTube comments on my birthday Saturday when so many so beautifully used words as follows:
“I got into woodworking whilst I was suffering a serious illness. I found your You Tube channel and haven’t looked back. Many thanks for bringing the joy of woodwork into my life”
And: “Paul did the same for me. Good to know that he’s reaching so many people all over the world. Hope you’re recovering now.”
Pick out words like, “suffering” and “serious illness“, “Hope” or “recovering“.
Here’s another: “Paul, and thanks for the huge inspiration you’ve given me since I took up woodwork. I’ve been off work sick for the last five months, so you’re videos have been a massive help in keeping my mind and body active while I recuperate. Cheers..