View Full Version : Is it time to start taking it easy?

02-29-2016, 02:48 AM
In about 3 years or so i'll be 80 :old:..I've just got over a bad illness that just about floored me...My hearing and eysight gets worse every year and I spend ages looking for tools and things that i've mislaid , until I can't remember what im looking for in the first place :confused:...and on the news, lots of pop stars and famous people younger than me are kicking the bucket on a daily basis, as Clint Eastwood says "We all got it coming"... Old age is great int it ?... This morning went into the workshop to work on my latest soprano, and the first thing I did was make a cock up on the work piece (a soprano neck) that i was finishing off...So no problem! I took another neck blank out of stock to replace the one that i'd just ruined.....10 minutes later, that one also ended up in the scrap box :mad:...I am now back in the house "pissed off" with a mug of tea wondering if I should pack it all in and just sit in front of the TV instead... But all is not Doom and Gloom the weather is picking up and the daffodills are out and Spring is just round the corner So I think i'll wait until tomorrow and then give it another go:D

02-29-2016, 02:57 AM
Well I'm about 11 months away from hitting 40 (yikes!) and my eyesight is terrible (+8 in both eyes ... one of which is lazy ... yes just like the rest of me...) and my girlfriend says my hearing needs checking or at least that is what she said an unknown number of times before I heard her.

I think what I am trying to say is continue building if you enjoy it ... drink tea and eat cake when you don't. Oh and I trip to Specsavers might not be a bad idea mate :)

remember ... "only the good die young" so avoid being good for as many more years as you can.

02-29-2016, 03:37 AM
I can't say I know you, but the impression I get is that you don't really enjoy just sitting in front of the television as much as you enjoy making things, and solving those problems that arise as the inevitable result of making things.
Selfishly, I'll say I've enjoyed seeing the solutions you've shared via the internet.

Pete Howlett
02-29-2016, 03:54 AM
Practically fell over from exhaustion crawling home from the workshop Saturday Ken and I am 12 years behind you. I fail at something everyday but can't bear to be out of the workshop. Chin up mate. Tomorrow is aanother day ��

02-29-2016, 05:07 AM
You can't stop making ukuleles until I can afford one of yours!

Should be another year or two...


(Heck, in a conversation a couple of years ago with Rick Turner, he said he'd love to have one of your ukes!)

02-29-2016, 05:54 AM
I don't know if this is any help but I love my Timms and play it everyday!

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
02-29-2016, 08:19 AM
Haha. I've followed you for many years and you talk like this every Winter. Your'e right though, that's the great thing about sunrises. Every one of them brings the possibility of a better day. :)

Croaky Keith
02-29-2016, 08:28 AM
Yep, just relax today, tomorrow will be better. :)

(Good for you to still be active & doing something you love.)

02-29-2016, 10:17 AM
Yup! I'm relaxing now..Just opened a bottle of " Yellowtail Shiraz " 14% no less..Nice little wine from OZ , and I'm watching NICS on the box.

02-29-2016, 10:38 AM
I'm approaching my third year of retirement and worry that I may not be active enough and have been contemplating getting one of those fitness trackers to spur my self on to longer walks and bike rides.

It's likely the activity (physical and mental) involved with your work that's keeping you in good health. The odd shiraz won't hurt either.

Be well.

02-29-2016, 01:03 PM
Yup! I'm relaxing now..Just opened a bottle of " Yellowtail Shiraz " 14% no less..Nice little wine from OZ , and I'm watching NICS on the box.

That's the story. Nothing wrong with Yellowtail, we get it here in NZ. I took six months off building B/U's to "fix up" the house we just bought. Almost twelve months later I have just about finished:) It would appear that as you get older everything takes longer. Seventy one this year, and looking forward to some shed time. As said by many there is always tomorrow, and in the meantime there is always the wine!.

02-29-2016, 01:05 PM
You can't stop making ukuleles until I can afford one of yours!

Should be another year or two...

Ditto to what he said ^^ :)

02-29-2016, 02:44 PM
I've been dazed and confused since Woodstock (the first one). I too find myself in a room forgetting why I am there, what I was looking for. My mind is thinking about something else by then, Oh look, there's a squirrel!

Still I've been able to lead a fortunate life. I'll be 71 this year and am seriously considering retirement. The thing that concerns/frightens me most about retirement is not being challenged enough to keep my brain working.

I'll never have the skills you have but hope I can reinvent myself by resurrecting old, or developing new, competencies.

I don't think that someone like you, who can create objects of such great beauty, will ever stop creating.

chuck in ny
03-01-2016, 02:06 AM
there's a lot of information on the web about diet, supplements, and mental acuity. it's there for those who want it.

03-01-2016, 02:15 AM
there's a lot of information on the web about diet, supplements, and mental acuity. it's there for those who want it.

Is wine a supplement?

03-01-2016, 03:16 AM
Is wine a supplement?

It is refered to as "vitiamin W" in some locals, so yes it is a supplement

03-01-2016, 05:22 AM
Ken, it's not a good time to pack up, whilst there are many newbies like myself relying your help, such as the idea you came up with a few weeks ago. I tried it and it works a treat. Many thanks, Mike.8882088821

03-01-2016, 05:58 AM
I am lucky enough to have a nice grouping of ukes, of them all, my peghead Timms is one of my favorites, it is a joy to play and has a beautiful voice, whatever you decide I wish you well but you def have the touch, mahalo for your work, Art

03-01-2016, 06:19 AM
Ken, I'm about even with Pete, in age anyway. It's pretty normal to wonder why your keys turned up in your sock drawer.

The other day, I screwed up a 95% finished neck and fret board for a tenor that I am really anxious to get shipped off. At times like that, it makes a lot of sense to kick back with a cuppa. I tell myself, "I've done this many times before. I really do know how to do it and I enjoy doing it. I'll do it again and do it right. What the heck, wood isn't all that expensive and some is going to get burned up every so often."

Hang in there, mate! Enjoy the Yellowtail. We get that here and it isn't half bad.

Vespa Bob
03-01-2016, 07:43 AM
Ken, I feel your pain, being almost a year away from the great eight-oh and like so many others in our age group, tend to have spells of brain fade more often than not. However, in my case, since I have only recently discovered the amazing artcraft of lutherie, I want to spend as much time as I can to "catch up," so to speak, with everything there is to know regarding the subject before my time runs out! So many ukuleles, so little time!
Making mistakes, and I've made a lot, annoy me and slow me down, but I plod on with the hope that the same mistake won't happen again.
In your case, as others have suggested, I'm sure that after a short break with nothing to do, you'll be back at it again. After all, what else is there?


03-14-2016, 03:07 AM
It is really nice to see that competitors lend so much support to each other. The ukulele community, for the most part, seems to be an exceptional bunch. I hope that Ken continues building for many years to come.

Just today, I won the auction for the Style 1, Soprano on ebay. It will have a prominent place in my little collection and I am quite sure that it will be played and loved often. Thank you to Ken and Mrs. Timms for keeping the craft alive. Best of luck to Ken either way.

03-14-2016, 07:12 PM
I'm not sure the Lounge is about competition as much as it is about a community. This is a builders forum and not a sellers forum. Building great looking and great sounding ukuleles is hard work. It is not about competition but more about shared pain. Blood, sweat and tears (minus the blood).

03-14-2016, 08:34 PM
Yup! I'm relaxing now..Just opened a bottle of " Yellowtail Shiraz " 14% no less..Nice little wine from OZ , and I'm watching NICS on the box.

Listen, Mr. Timms, if you want to sit around getting drunk off ripple and watching Nickelodeon channel until the cows come home, you just go right ahead. More power to you, sir.

Never forget one thing. You, me, the others replying to this thread, Sophia Loren, every kid in the town grade school, every newborn baby at the local hospital, we all share one thing: at the end of each day, we are exactly one day older.

As Carrie "Princess Lea" Fisher wrote on her Twitter recently when the young Twitterers were roasting her for becoming old and fat in the latest Star Wars: "I'm sorry to inform you that youth is not a talent. We've all been there. One day you will be here" (Or something to that effect; You go, Carrie!).

Rock on, Timbuck.

03-14-2016, 11:28 PM
Anyone who has a Ken Timms ukulele is forever a winner.

03-21-2016, 05:38 AM
Anyone who has a Ken Timms ukulele is forever a winner.

Yes, indeedy.

03-21-2016, 10:54 AM
Interesting how many older folks are here on the UU luthier’s forum. Our lives started out in world where you could touch, smell and experience things first hand--there were no computers, or virtual reality games, or gadgets like cell phones to cloud ones senses. Making things by hand keeps you in touch with a truer reality that’s increasingly missing in today’s world. It makes you realize that runaway technology isn’t an end-all, and that a slower more direct association with the world is much more rewarding. It really does beat watching TV, even when you screw up.

Harold O.
03-23-2016, 06:21 PM
I outgrew my home shop some years ago. An old piano repair space came available nearby and I moved in. The plan was to build ukuleles, pedal boards, and the occasional speaker box for the guitar store next door. The ukulele construction process came fairly quick and had just gotten to the refinement stage. A marketing plan was in the works. Then people found out I could fix old furniture and make custom bookcases. The ukulele parts cabinet hasn't been opened since. Hard to turn away paying customers.

Last year the cancer bug found me (age 56). Targeted radiation over 3 months got rid of it. Throughout, I made myself go the shop every day. Even if I could only stay for an hour or so, I needed a place to go and focus on something besides getting through the day.

Point is: we all need some sort of escape. Even if the escape masquerades as real life.
Point 2: be careful about the things you get good at. People will expect you to keep doing it.