I love it when the UPS truck pulls into the parking lot. I never know what is arriving. Most often, the package is supplies I have ordered or someone’s tools for an upcoming class. Every now and then there is a surprise, sometimes a very pleasant surprise. That happened this week. The box wasn’t very large, but watching the UPS driver climb out of the back of his truck, I knew it was heavy. He offered to carry the box into the shop, and knowing its weighed a lot, I was happy to hold the door for him.
While the box was unexpected, I knew what it contained as soon as I saw the shipper’s address. Inside were my author’s copies of Make a Windsor Chair with Mike Dunbar. It’s standard for a publisher to provide an author with a case of books as part of the contract. I couldn’t wait for the UPS guy to get his signature and to leave me alone so I could savor the moment when I would hold my book in my hands.
Writing a book has little connection to the final product. Parents-to-be looking at an ultrasound of their child have a better idea of what it will look like than an author has of a book he has written. I spent about an hour reading sections of the book and I am very happy it. I particularly like the new Introduction. I thought I did that well. The additional material I added sounds more like me than did the 1984 text. As an older man I do not take myself seriously and am more tongue-in-cheek than I was as a younger man, wanting to be taken seriously.
I hope you will pick up a copy of the book. It is a good read, and I can use the royalties. I do have a kid in college. http://www.shopwoodworking.com/make-a-windsor-chair-group
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