Difficult to find much to write about today – I’ve spent the whole day outside screwing. The wood has been hard, really hard. I’ve got blisters. A couple of times I missed the target and nearly had my eye out. It was fun so long as I kept going at it; the weather was too cold for extended rest periods. Luckily, I found the necessary stamina.
Okay, I’ll be honest – it’s not what you think. I wasn’t operating completely on manual: a battery operated tool was on hand. What a difference that made! It couldn’t really complete the job properly though – sometimes extra power was required so I fell back on sheer muscle. Other times there was an unexpected angle was called for and traditional methods were employed once more.
I haven’t used the hand held equipment before. There seemed to be a knack to it. At first, I didn’t think it was going to work at all. It looked like an expensive waste of money. Perseverance brought rewards though and I got the hang of it. I expect I’ll use it again and again. It even has a little light on it, which should brighten up those long winter nights!
At the end of the day, the fruits of my efforts weren’t much to look at. They are still very much a work in progress. Whilst I think I’m good on the job, stepping back afterwards I saw plenty of places where I’d gone wrong. More planning and less spontaneity would probably have spoiled my mood but brought better results. By nightfall, I was spent! I’ll plough on tomorrow and when I’m done, everyone will see how beautifully packed my wood is…