How do your friends in the service feel about your creations and your hobby in general? Have you infected anyone with the bug to collect and create?
Oh yes. Toys are infectious. It has inspired lots of my fellow soldiers and leaders to make their own creations and others to buy online. I’m touched that so many that are not even in our unit, knock on my blanket door wanting to see the ‘workshop.’ Officers and soldiers come in and look around as if I run a museum. Eyes open wide and smiles run across faces. People are inspired, so my job is done.
You've basically been stripped of most the basic customizer tools and tricks of the trade. Do you feel as though this experience has enriched your creativity?
Yes it has. Back home I have power drills, proper lighting, fresh air, etc. here, its backwater and dim lighting. My trusty wife has sent me hobby resources, but I still go back to my Gerber multi-tool and a block of wood I have used ever since I got to Afghanistan. If you look close enough at some pictures, you’ll see that one carved up piece of wood. Less is more, and in this sense, it has made me appricate the building process even more.
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