Dear concerned neat freaks,

Well, it's official, I have been cleaning up the shop. I have been meaning to do this for some time. I keep thinking I will take the time to do it on Thursday, then the Weekend, then September and here we are in December and I have spent the last three days removing wood plane shavings, sawdust and assorted scraps as if it were an archaeological dig. The good news, I can actually see my floors, I wish I would have done this earlier. The great news, among the tailings and shavings of the last seven months worth of lutherie, I have been reunited with the following sundry items: two wood chisels, at least a dozen pencils, an ukulele nut that fell into the void, several guitar saddles, bunches of little bits of shell, turquoise, and little bits of exotic woods I had cut for inlaying but were lost in the floor detritus, rulers, squares, my favorite scraper, micro screwdrivers, drill bits and a host of other goodies. I really wish I would have cleaned this sooner. It is so nice to go into the workshop and not have to rationalize about when I will finally get around to cleaning up the ankle to shin deep wood remnants in parts of the shop. I really wish I would have done this sooner. Have I mentioned I can safely navigate to my dartboard in the back corner which I affectionately titled my "research and development center"? I really wish I would have cleaned the shop sooner. A couple of months ago a friend who visited mentioned that I needed an assistant. My response, "I have one in here somewhere I just haven't seen them for a while (with a hearty ha ha)." On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the highest, my friends visual cue of admonishment reached a solid nine point five. I really wish I would have cleaned my workshop sooner. Don't get me wrong, I love having a clean and organized workshop. I just love to build instruments more. When it's all said and done; I always seem to embrace the wabi-sabi of a messy shop because all the musical instruments I complete are made of wood not would. Now, if you will excuse me, I am off to create a new "Bermuda Triangle" within my workshop floor. For now, the would fairy will have to wait a couple of months before it can chastise me again. Cheers, Justin