July 26, 2023

I want to make a bowl tomorrow but I don’t think I’ll be able to. I mean, I could, of course, but then other things, perhaps more important things, wouldn’t get done. Not more important, just more urgent. Not more urgent in their gravity but in their scheduled order. Essentially, I’d miss some deadlines if I were to work on something other than pens right now.

I got through two more pens today. That seems to be my capacity at the moment. There are other things that I want to do, too. I’ve got some things lined up so I need to prepare myself for those. That means making pens.

I tried again to get that nut and bolt 3D printed but they still won’t fit together. I’m getting closer but it’s not working so well. It’s fun to think about so I’ve been doing that in the mornings for the last few days before heading to the balcony to make pens.

Instagram reels are difficult to make. Filming the process of making a pen takes a finesse that I just don’t seem to have. How can I be expected to hold a chisel against a piece of wood that’s spinning at near 2000 rpm while also filming it on my phone? The footage ends up being the piece of wood starting and stopping, one hand holding the phone and the other flipping the switch on the lathe.

The videos can’t be my focus right now because I have to make these pens. I want to maintain some of the momentum I’ve got with my YouTube channel – I lost two subscribers earlier in the week but then got one more. Our vacation is going to get in the way of me making videos but I’ll see if I can’t put something together before we leave. It might just be okay for me to focus on making the pens, leaving the videos for when I have more time.

There’s a lot going on and it’s kind of nice. Having things to focus on, to put energy into, and to think about makes the days pass more quickly than I’d like. It’s better than watching the sunrise before bed. I still do want to turn a bowl.


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