Visiting Powell’s Used Books in Portland, Oregon and getting coffee my attention was quickly captured by a gentleman sitting at a table dancing with napkins and making flowers. Apparently he’s a well known fixture to the scene. Arnold World is mostly known for making beautiful flowers out of napkins using Japanese paper folding techniques. But what captured my attention was watching him choose a song from his playlist and then doing a mesmerizing ballet with strips of torn napkins. Mr. World said he’s been doing this for 12 years, “A hobby that turned in to a business,” he says
Every year I have the privilege of producing a video of The Crossing’s weeklong kids camp. If you are familiar with church lingo, that means Vacation Bible School. A couple of volunteers and I shoot the whole week and then I take a week to edit the video. It’s a grueling 2 weeks, but a lot of fun.
I hate writing with pencils. Can’t stand it. It’s a sensory thing. When I do need to use a pencil it has to be sharp. Really sharp. So I love that my workbench has an old Boston KS pencil sharpener attached to it. It’s so satisfying to sharpen a pencil with that thing.
I can still remember the creek of the door to my grandfathers workshop. He was long since passed. But I would still go in to his workshop when I visited grandmother during the summer. I’d find some wood, some tools, and some nails. I’d build. Usually I built a battle ship, or a tank. I was never good at it. Never pursued wood working or anything. Most likely this was something I did to stave off boredom. But now that I’m older and think back to it, that memory is so sweet. It was actually time spent with someone who wasn’t there. So when my son says he wants to build something at my workbench. We build. Together. Even if it’s for 5 minutes.