The year 2021 left many of us with sad losses in many realms and on every continent, yet the people continued on and were driven by hope throughout for a future yet to unfold. I hope with sincerity that we can continue to support one another as we have through the two pandemic years so far. It may seem a somewhat muted start to 2022, but start it will and we will continue to battle for what we all believe in within the limitations of our habitation to reach forward and grasp what the future holds for us.
I am more grateful than ever for the support and care within my own limited sphere and then beyond as my hands worked at the workbench day in and day out. I am thankful for my health, yes, but more than that, I am thankful for my work as I make and write and design. Looking back through my life since I apprenticed at fifteen I began reading the manuscript of my life story as a crafting artisan furniture maker. I have had 57 years as a full-time maker using hand tools to make a living and I have not one regret for the choice I made when I was fourteen and preparing to leave school. I’m grateful that we reach multiple millions of woodworkers every year seeking to master skilled woodworking. As that boy, apprenticing with George, I never imagined such a wonderful life making could ever be possible for me. How can I not enter 2022 with hope and thanksgiving for all that I have been given?
I do sincerely hope that we can all set aside our struggles and anxieties and celebrate the foundations of life given to us to continue building a future no matter what. Please join me in new hope for the coming year; that we can support each other, love one another, and find the peace that passes all understanding.
Thank you all for all of your support and friendship throughout 2021!
Peace to you all!