I guess I’ve had a fascination with words since I was pretty young. These are some of the words that stick out when I think of the things that struck me when I was in school and reading all the time.
Ononatopoeia is still one of my favorites, and after all this time and who knows how many times reading it, I still never get the spelling right. It may be that the spelling fascinates me more than the definition.
Antidisestablishmentarianism is a word that at the time was told to me as the longest word in the English language. I don’t think it actually is, but it has stuck with me all this time.
And facade is the word I think of whenever I am tempted to giggle at the pronunciation some people come up with when it’s obvious that they have never heard the word spoken. Or at least have never managed to match the word they hear spoken with the one they have read. I don’t remember whether I ever used fa-kade in a sentence, but I do know that when I figured out how it was actually pronounced, I was quite embarassed.
And speaking of being embarassed by things that I didn’t have a grasp on when I was young… Given the level of achievement I have managed to attain in my woodworking career you might be forgiven thinking that I have a natural touch for that sort of thing. But any mastery I have gained is purely the result of repetition. When it came to shop classes I was sorely inept.
Anything having to do with working with my hands was beyond me. I was slow compared to others, and I did not manage to create beautiful things. Whether it was clay or metal, leather or wood, my projects were late, if they got done at all, and workmanlike at best. And that’s being generous.
I am glad that I have learned how to make things that don’t embarass me. And glad that I have reached the poing where I can afford tools like a 12 sliding compound miter saw, and actually have the skills to justify using them.
And that saw is one of the coolest, most practical, and in its way most versatile of woodworking tools. It can do things that no other common wood tool can, and at the same time do things that much larger tools can do only marginally better.
It is so fun to use that I am tempted to make up projects to use it on. The problem is that the things it is best used for is projects that involve, large, fancy and expensive peices of wood. That means that it does not get used as often as might be nice. At least not on personal projects.
Customer projects are another thing, and the fact is that the saw pays for itself quickly when a project justifies its use. Especially when it can be used on-site and save a trip back to the shop, with the wasted time involved.
Anyway. I have come far.