Yesterday was one of those days in the shop.
I had a few hours I could devote to woodwork, so I decided I would work on another pipe. As I began shaping it, I went to re-adjust the handscrew that was clamping the workpiece, and the whole thing (wood, pipe stem, and handscrew) fell to the ground, shattering the stem.
Not having time to assemble another stem, I decided to look in on that bit of dogwood I had salvaged a few weeks ago. I figured it would still be wet enough to carve into some woodenware. When I picked it up, however, I found it full of bug holes! So I treated it with some borax and set it aside for something “rustic.”
It’s something I can do quickly and confidently, though not without thinking about it. My tools and materials rarely let me down. This one is pecan–not easy to shape, but very strong and durable in use. This one is a narrow stirring spoon.
It’s all probably just as well. A recent spate of weddings has depleted my stock of wooden spoons, and need to build up my stock again.
What about you? What do you do when disaster strikes in the shop? Do you plow ahead, switch to something else, or just walk away?