Fifteen came…

Fifteen came to share this joy with me. Fifteen men left their lives on hold, left family, friends, stress and cares, jobs and all to share in this great joy with me. The shackles of modernity thrown aside for a while, they reached with smiling gusto to grasp and wield razor sharp axes saws and chisels.

Drawn together under a goal, as men have been forever, the sights and sounds of city life were replaced with the chop of the axe, the swish of the saw and the thud of the mallet. One man a plumber, an engineer, a scientist, here and now, all a timberwright, a rough carpenter, a pioneer.

What a great and profound joy to share with such men! What honor they do me, to learn together, to teach and listen and grow as men, to share the joy of the tools, the great pleasure in the joining of wood to wood in lovely wholesome unity!

What a shock to stand amongst men of like mind, to share ideals, and goals and oneness of being in so complete and richly rewarding an endeavor as putting up a structure with our own hands, well carved with sharp hand tools!

Fifteen men came to build and learn, and left me with the greatest honor to have known them, and spent a while in each others shade.


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7 Responses to Fifteen came…

  1. Chris F. says:

    Thank you Mr Chickadee and all involved in the class. It was a fantastic learning experience and a great time with awesome people.


  2. Salko Safic says:

    Glad to see you enjoyed your day. But can I ask what will that small cabin be used for?


  3. It always makes my day more enjoyable, when I’m notified of a post, be it on here or the other.


  4. Eugen says:

    It was indeed an honor and a pleasure to be part of your crew. I will forever remember the drive and passion of all apprentices. The smell of fresh cut wood in the early fall morning haze is not something that will go away soon.

    To answer a comment question: the small cabin will be a playhouse for children, part of a bigger playground … and probably a new home for the wasps we disturbed while building it πŸ™‚


  5. Peter Ross says:

    Such heartfelt words, it is as if i were amongst you. sharing your joy. As my wife & I land on foreign shores, our hopes & dreams await us on our little piece of this wonderful planet. Power tools a thing of the past, the future will be provided by nature & for nature’s sake.
    Thank you Mr. chickadee. πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½

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  6. woodtic says:

    Ah yes, The Charge of the Light Brigade. Well not exactly, but pretty encouraging


  7. Jerry Barnish says:

    Wonderful to see Marine. I wish I could be there.


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