After the third (or was it the fourth?) storm, we just gave up on going home and moved into the workshop full-time. Which leaves many hours (no need to split firewood) available for carving custom pieces, building up stock for spring shows, breaking in a new office assistant (Mary Jo will soon leave us ): to work full time at the library) AND a spoon sander, ordering supplies, playing with new designs in Tom’s sanding booth and generally catching our breath after our busiest yet holiday season.
In between shoveling, plowing, chipping back ice dams and raking roofs, we’ve managed to get some fine work underway in the workshop. We’ve enjoyed snow-shoeing and visiting friends. We’re still building in an apartment at a friend’s house.
Soon enough, our shows will start. We’ll hit the road and take pleasure from the routine of old friends and feedback from customers and hotels and setting up the booth and a different form of pressure…
But for now, we’re enjoying this “time out” from the rest of the year. Our oasis!