I am grateful for opportunities to make things with my hands. I rebuilt this rock wall as part of our renovation. I don’t think it’s the best rock wall ever built; nor do I even particularly like rock walls, but it’s a thrill to Jump in to doing something where you go from never having done it to having done it. And it was rewarding to step back and admire it when I was done.

Similarly, I am grateful for the opportunity I took in the summer of 2001 to build a guitar at Timeless Instruments. I was playing that guitar today, as I have many, many other days since making it. I love how it feels and I love how it sounds, and I love remembering the great 7 weeks I spent 15 years ago in Tugaske, Saskatchewan building that thing from a stack of pieces of wood.

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