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Happy Mistakes

I have been working on this project for close to six weeks now.  For that time, I have limited my activities as much as possible to this work, helping family and caring for my health.  So I get up, do some yoga or jogging, and get after it.  I average about 4-6 hours a day in the shop.  I have logged over 80 hours so far and I am pretty sure about 30 of those hours have been fixing mistakes along the way.  But since I am on no schedule, each mistake takes on the sense of adventure that asks the question “now how am I gonna fix this?”  Read more

Uncertainty at Every Corner

I never realized that uncertainty was a companion until I read this quote from my current read, Art & Fear:

“Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable and all pervasive companion to your desire to make art. And tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding.”

It seems like at every twist and turn of this table I am sitting back to scratch my head Read more

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

I ran across the saying, which is the title of this post, in a old classic called Art & Fear.  Ansel Adams was quoted and the topic was how perfectionism gets in the way of our being creative.  This desk is that piece for me.  Another title to this might be “How to Get the Monkey off Your Back”.  I have been ‘working’ on this project since October of last year.  I began by asking Shota Yamaguchi, a very talented, young and prolific custom furniture maker to help design me an office desk.  He did and he did an Read more

Coffee Anyone??

Well, I finished the coffee table and here are some progress shots to give you all a little insight to the process.  Let’s just say that I understand completely and thoroughly why custom furniture is always quoted at 12 weeks.  It just takes that long, no matter how simple it might look.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the process so here it is, I hope you do too.  I would like to thank Phil Edgerton at Edgeworks Design for the metal base.  The Read more

Me in a Mailbox

Well the last post I was talking about what a mailbox would look like if it was me, and here it is, the project of the week.  Well the take away from this project is that there is no “right” design.  There is only the way we each see the thing we are working on.  Some see the world in a simple way, some see the world in a modern way, some see the world in a craftsman way, and some just see it in their own way.  I hope that you and all you out there get a chance to see the world in your own special way today.  Relish it, after all it is what makes you, you.  Much love to all my readers out there….

Here are a few photos along the way.  I promise to get better at documenting this stuff so you can see a little more about the nuts and bolts of how these designs go together.

Glue up time

Glue up time

Making Base for Mailbox

Making Base for Mailbox

Spar Varnish

Spar Varnish

Ready for finish

Ready for finish

For the front door

For the front door

Close, so close

Close, so close

New life into an old mailbox

New life into an old mailbox

 

Mundane as a Mailbox

So did you notice any mailboxes on the way into work this morning?  Have you ever considered in detail the design of a mailbox?  I bet your answers here are no, and NO!  Well my mailbox litterally just fell over about a couple weeks ago and with the prompting (more like goading) of my neighbors I am finally getting around to putting up a new one.  You would think a guy with the tool collection like mine, would just jump right on it but NOOOOOO!  I needed to be inspired.  Well let me tell you it is Read more

I AM Good Enough

I never thought when I started out to reinvent myself into a craftsman that I would run into so much self doubt. I have always been a “get after and do it” kind of guy and just figured that once I set my mind to it, I would just have to watch a few hundred you-tube videos and get after it. What I am finding out is that I am listening to way more motivational podcasts that I am “how to” podcast these days. Every time I look at somebody who has mastered the craft and has a huge body of work to show for it, I Read more

The Best Part of the Journey

Four airports, five train stations, many taxis, many, many miles walked and one very glorious sailboat all make up this journey.  Sometimes I wonder why I travel like this.  It feels like I just have to get something out of my system.  It is like a purge.  It is a mission to live life full on.  A mission to see as much as humanly possible every day.  A mission to experience every moment and to be present for every scene as it unfolds.  This is what travel is to me.  Read more

Paestum

Upon Ben’s recommendation, I stopped at a small town called Paestum. It is the site of the largest and best preserved Greek ruins on the Mediterranean. Let me just start out that the pictures just can’t do something like this justice. The stone temples were massive beyond all my expectations. There is so much stone in each one that it is hard to comprehend how they were built. Add to that, the expanse of the site and the real sense that I was in an ancient city, and not just seeing a few massive temples. And on top of that there is a phenomenal museum there that displays the entire history of the area going back 6000 years. Great call Ben! Read more

Tropea and Goodbye’s

Well our stay in tropea was bitter sweet for me. Sweet because we had a great evening together. We had one of our best dinners on this trip, we also had a chance to watch the opening game of the World Cup. Bitter because it was my last night on the boat. It has been such an honor to hang out with Tom, Ben, and Alden. I really want to thank them all now for having me along and letting me be part of the crew. It has been a real pleasure!

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