October 19, 2010

I often feel like a time traveler. I was sitting in a room at the end of July with a calendar in front of me trying to plan out my route for this project. I remember looking at the page for October and thinking, “oh I will be teaching at The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship. I always love it there,” and here I am, with a clear thought of that moment in July. I have traveled through time. I suppose you could say that the act of living is time traveling. You are born only to hurtle at what seems like a fast speed, to your death. Working from day to day doing the same thing confuses time. For twenty-two years I labored happily everyday in my shop with few disruptions. I remember looking at my friends kids from time to time and quantifying time by there growth, because it was so apparent. When I went to China 8 years ago with my sister to adopt my niece. I stepped out of my routine. The act of stepping away from the habits of daily living cause me to stop and reflect on the time already spent in my life. One night at midnight I was feeding my new one-year-old niece her bottle in a hotel in a strange land. We looked each other in the eye as she drank, and I knew she would be an amazing person. I could tell by her ability to figure out how to navigate all the obstacles that surrounded her. She was so inquisitive. As we shared the quiet of that night I thought,” I cannot wait to see what she will be like when she is nine”, and now she is. Time Travel! I have always loved my work. It is challenging and endlessly fascinating, but it is isolating. I have many friends, but the labor of woodworking takes place in a shop, the problem solving takes place in my head. Most of my adult working life has been spent with a dust mask and headphones on-protective gear that separates me from others in a shop and even my environment. Stepping away from this life by going to grad school and now onto Turning Around America has made me more aware of the fluid quality of time, and the importance of people, and personal introspection. It is helping me value myself by comprehending what I have already accomplished in my life, and what the possibilities could be. I can share my skill outside my shop without the isolation, and still experience the daily problem solving  I love.


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Collaborative Team of Jenn Moller and Beth Ireland
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