It’s the interval of time between Olympic Games (well, between two summer or two winter Olympic games, to be accurate). Or the time it takes an average college student to get a Bachelor’s degree. Or the length of time you spend in high school… if you don’t get held back. Or the interval between World Cup soccer tournaments. Or one presidential term for the United States of America.
It’s four years. And, today, Tom’s Workbench has been up and running for four years.
Sure, we officially got off the ground in January, 2008. But, it was four years ago today that Marc Spagnuolo published the first article for his very old ‘Wood Talk Online’ website. It described the symptoms a Wood-A-Holic might experience. You know, to this day, I still experience those symptoms.
Through these four years, I hope that I have made you laugh, I may have made some of you cry and I certainly wanted to make you look beyond your mistakes and see the great project you are building.
Through these four years, I have made so many friends along the way. People like David Life who never let his disability stand in the way of doing awesome woodwork. People like David Wert who are serving our country thousands of miles away who miss their families, friends and shops. Woodworkers such as John Lucas and Niki Avrahami who left their knowledge for us before they shuffled off their mortal coil. My supporters Bell Forest Products and Eagle America tools.
And, then the friends… OH the friends! Marc Spagnuolo, Matt Vanderlist, Matt Gradwhol, Shannon Rogers, Ron Hock, Eric Poirier, Kari Hultman, Dyami Plotke (Yes, the article still needs to be written!), Dan Bean, Doug Stowe, Gail O’Rourke… Dude, I will NEVER name everyone I have to thank… Please, everyone, accept those thanks!
My plans? Heck… I plan on coming back strong… for at least four more years. Yes, you are stuck with me and you will have me to kick around!