Hi all, Kinda curious how many hours the pros (and the hobbyists) put
into work in a n average day. And to make it more interesting - do you
have a life away from the bench?
In my old life (18 months ago) I used to spend at least 14 hours,
and up to 18 hours a day working at the bench or teaching tough as it
was, I loved it. Almost no life away from the bench. But even though I
would give most anythi ng to do it all again - I’m settling for
whatever I can get!
Now, an average day for me begins with coffee, checking my email,
and 20 minutes of drawing. I’ve got to soak my right hand in
medication and paraffi n for 15 minutes before I can use it. I built
myself an orthopedic appliance to ho ld my right arm up. (The muscle
that usually does that was a casualty to last year’s surgeries) I
stuff my arm into that. Then 4 hours work at the bench ( I’m
physically limited to that these days). Lunch is grabbed as I go out
the door on a 15 - 20 mile bicycle ride. Eaten while I’m riding.
Afternoon is spent working on my book “30 Years at the Bench” - a
collection of tips, tricks, jeweler’s jokes and stories. Maybe an
article or two. Tons of research and compiling
Photography and illustrations…
Evenings, after dinner, I spend learning new (to me) computer
programs, read Orchid, and play with experimental ideas in the
studio or machine shop.
Before I sleep I read. I don’t own a television, nor read
newspapers. I do read every single trade publications, and an average
of 150 - 200 books a ye ar. (That’s not an exaggeration, my wife
watched me read almost 300 while going through surgeries, radiation,
and chemotherapy last year!)
I also manage to squeeze in scuba diving, hiking, a little fishing,
photography, a collection of cactus & succulent plants, aquaria,
gardening, cooking, and time with my son Gabriel & the dogs. Don’t
hunt anymore, but try to get to the range once a month to stay
qualified with pistols. And oh yes, I do spen d some time with my wife
Melanie better go do that now:)
How 'bout you?