Thursday, January 31, 2013

A New Year & A New Tool

Well we are already thirty one days into the New Year and I am wondering where all those days went?  If time continues at this speed we will be buying Christmas presents again in a few weeks. 

 The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year.  It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.  Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions.  Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.  ~G.K. Chesterton

 The new year came with a new piece of equipment for the shop to help make things go a little faster. A way, we hope for us to start afresh and be effective.  

Our new arrival from Italy finally made it off the trailer and into the shop. It is even BIGGER than BARNEY!

Now how do we get it off the trailer and into the shop without damaging Matthew's new BIG box?!
But first we had to get it off the trailer and into the shop.  I tried to ask for  a little local help on facebook but we could not get a signal to use facebook on  phone, tablet or computer that afternoon so we had to go manual and back to the basics. It was just that kind of day.  So rolling the thing on logs just like the Egyptians and other ancient cultures seemed a no brainer.
A few generations of helping hands.

Our first full look at the new member of the family.

A few crow bars and some rollers....

slowly slowly slowly

What were we thinking?

Maybe a little superman impression will do the trick?

Finally ready for the unveiling.

I thought Christmas was in December!

I was honestly just happy that nobody got hurt in this crazy unloading method that we chose to use.  It was an interesting mix of brainpower, muscle and he man thinking.  Pure entertainment for those lucky few that got to watch!  

Speaking of entertainment never underestimate the value of a BIG box. I showed Matthew how to use the box cutter. Windows and doors magically emerged and kept him entertained all weekend long.
A boy and his BIG BOX!! So much FUN!!

Matthew gets to use a box cutter to cut windows and doors.

A few NEW things going on here in Llano:

Check out our Barney on his new facebook page here:

Get Woodworking Week was conceived and developed by Tom Lovino of a frequent columnist for, Wood Magazine writing as "The Shop Monkey" as well as Tom’s Tips on Wood Talk Online.  The basic idea is that all of the woodworking bloggers and podcasters gear the content on their sites that week to novice or soon-to-be woodworkers in an effort to encourage them to get into the craft.  In support of "Get Wood working Week" we will offer a special MESQUITE prize drawing that week. To be eligible you must do each of the following: #1 comment on a blog post in Mesquite Musings #2"Like" our Mesquite Furniture Page on Facebook #3 Friend or Subscribe to Lou Quallenberg on Facebook #4 "Like" Barney the Woodshop Wonder Dog on Facebook #5 Post a photo of a wood project that you made, want to make or are making to the Mesquite Furniture page on facebook - It does not have to be made from mesquite.  (You cannot be a regular woodworking hobbyist or pro - this is for newbies people!)


Watch the @LAST Llano Art Studio Tour video below for a little taste of what is to come in March in Llano, Texas.

 Don't miss the @LAST Llano Art Studio Tour held annually on the LAST Saturday in March. That makes it March 30th this year. Mark your calendars today!!!

Keep up to date by "liking" the @LAST Llano Art Studio Tour page
 on facebook here: 
by joining the event here:
please "like", "share" and "invite" your friends!!!

And finally......

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ---Benjamin Franklin
We hope that we are better humans with the passing of this past year.  I think we have grown and become even more aware of our challenges and weaknesses as well as our strengths.  It is our true goal to be better,  more loving people on this incredible planet and we will keep trying until we get it right.