Opening Day 2014

It’s official!  The Vaught Woodworks Shop is open for 2014.  The weather finally eased the death grip it’s had on our necks up here in Wisconsin and it got to 65° today!!!  It felt like high summer after a George R. R. Martin winter (any longer and I would have started seeing white walkers….).

After the month I’ve had (a scheduled…ahem…family planning operation for me in the first week of March, followed by my father-in-law having a life threatening run in with pneumonia and then (and I kid you not) an 11th hour emergency appendectomy for me, a mere two weeks to the day from my…other…procedure, spent some quality time with Percoset and quick as a flash,  I lost an entire month to recovery and bed rest and late nights with my now two month old son.

Add a dose of  cabin fever, a house tore up (because we decided to do some reno work and have the kitchen floor refinished while my wife was on maternity) and two older kids that just cannot WAIT for spring and you can see why March is now on my list.

I need woodworking and I need it NOW.  So when the weather cooperated and the kids were turned loose outside, I grabbed my new Stanley chisels (I’ve been staring at them since Christmas…) my new oil stones and headed out to the back deck to do some soul cleansing and sharpening.

I got three of the five chisels sharpened to a nice mirror edge.  Oh my goodness did that feel good.   Too soon, too soon, the clock chirped and life intervened again – time to get the kiddos to swimming, time to prep dinner, etc.   On the way in to the (for the first time in about 6 months) not-freezing garage shop, I checked the weather, hoping for a chance tomorrow to continue sharpening.

Tomorrow’s high?  40°.


Today’s session may have been short and just a tease, but after the long bitter winter and this crazy month, it was just what the doctor ordered.

I’ve got a lot planned for the shop in 2014…more info on that soon!


About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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