Since I'm designating next week as "Show Us Your Hobby" week, it only makes sense that I should be the one to get the ball rolling. If you'd like to participate, simply write a post next week about your favorite hobby or hobbies and send me the link. Then, at the end of next week I'll put them all together in another post so we can all share in the fun.
Who said I wasn't a party animal.
Anyway, here's my story. And I'm sticking to it.
You can tell where you are in life by the magazines you read and the hobbies that you have. For example, I used to read
Playb Rolling Stone and Guitar Player magazine, and now I read Family Handyman.
And - because of that, one of my favorite hobbies is building things from Family Handyman.
In general, I'm pretty good with construction lumber and wood screws, but sometimes it takes me a few tries before I get things right.
It all started when we first bought this house - 10 or so years ago. My wife wanted an arbor so I built this one (look carefully, you can see it amongst the vines).
Then a few years later I built this one on the other side of our house.
And finally last summer I built this one in the back yard. This is a good example of one I didn't get right the first time. Currently I'm in the process of rebuilding the swing seat because this one ended up warping horribly.
About the time my daughter was in Kindergarten I built this little bench from the magazine so she would have a place to sit and wait for the bus.
But of everything I've built so far, I think I'm most proud of this potting bench.
Not only does it have a garden hose caddy on the side, but it also has a hidden soil bin and working sink with running water.
However, this too needed refurbishing when the bottom ended up rotting out because I didn't raise the base high enough off the ground. But after last week, it's now redesigned and better than new!
And there you have it. What I do in the tiny bit of spare time that I have.
So, I've showed you mine - now you show us yours!