* That I started woodworking ten years ago and discovered how much I really enjoy it.
* For the room in my house where I can set up a dedicated shop.
* A loving and very understanding wife who lets me spend hours in the shop on a sunny Saturday.
* Two healthy and curious boys who love to come into the shop and ask, “How can I help you, Daddy?”
* The loggers who do the tough job of cutting down trees to bring to market.
* The sawyers who skillfully cut the boards that we work with.
* The hardwood sellers who go out of their way to make sure I find the right wood for my upcoming project.
* My local library and the dedicated librarians who will scour the entire state of Florida’s library holdings to find some obscure woodworking book that’s been out of print for about a dozen years.
* The Internet with its scads of information just a mouse click away.
* Woodworking forums where I can post a heap of stupid questions, and the woodworkers from around the world who patiently answer each of them.
* Innovative companies – many of which are simple mom-and-pop organizations working out of their basements or garages – that find simple, elegant answers to vexing problems.
* eBay where I can find old woodworking tools that have been languishing in some barn in upstate New York for a century so I can get them sharpened and put back to good use.
* The woodworkers from around the world who have graciously agreed to be interviewed by me for the Woodworking Spotlights.
* Each of you for stopping by and reading my blog.
For those who will be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, have a very happy holiday with your family and friends. For those around the world who will wake up and go about your business just like any other day, I will raise my glass of wine and toast each of you.