Another good couple weeks in the trenches. I've got several fun projects in the works and thought I'd share a few of the details with you. I've also been handed a great opportunity to challenge myself as an instructor.
Keep on reading for the full report.
I'd had a fun week fabricating the final pieces of cabinetry for the condo job that's dominated this site for a bit. We ended up with an amazing design that fully utilized every possible inch of space available. The cabinet incorporates a finished tile wall on both side to essentially make the cabinet look built into the tile, but also has a weight and feel that makes it unique and independent of its surroundings. Sadly, I get very little credit for the design. The client schooled me on this one. We also added a neat little glass inset on the countertop that was fun to fabricate.
|An early version|
|The inset glass top, plus one of three mechanical cutouts.|
I've got a large farm table in the works, a murphy bed unit that will likely push me towards using a few new materials, some commercial bent laminate desks and lots and lots of bathroom, kitchen, and closet cabinets to keep me out of too much trouble.
|Single sink vanity|
|Architectural plans for a new office.|
|Reception desk, with one heck of a unique color.|
For all the people that know me well, all say that my tendency towards self deprecation can be a bit 'evident'. I'm always pushing myself to improve my skills, and continue to grow as a person. I also try not to get too cocky and self absorbed. (Something I am slowly learning in my 'old age.') The result is frequently doubting my own abilities and questioning what I do. It's a bit of a double edge sword. Push yourself to improve, but don't push yourself down at the same time.
Well, you can imagine my surprise when I was approached to work with and help a friend on a project. And not just one, but 4 different people have approached me in the last 3 months to work together. The self deprecating pessimist in me is certain that the real reason people want my help is because I always have a stocked fridge of good micro-brews, or because I have more tools than them and a place to store their half completed projects. It's been quite an accomplishment to accept that someone in the world may in fact like to hear what I have to say and offer.
I've decided this is a great way for me to grow as both a craftsman, and as a person. I came from a family where one of my two amazing parents was a music teacher. He was as good at doing his job playing an instrument as he was at teaching it to others. If I am able to teach someone about what I do, I will also improve my abilities to produce a finished product.
I am excited to see what I learn over the next couple months. I am hoping to explain some basics about Sketch-up. I may show someone my quirky tendencies while using a jigsaw. I also welcome the opportunity to learn something from the person I'm working with. Maybe it's about woodworking, maybe it's about astrophysics. I don't know what yet, but I plan to find out.
Is there a topic that would be interesting to you? Design, remodeling, tools, budgeting, photographing wood stuff??? I'll give it my best to help shed some light on the subject. What would you like to see come from this blog. One thing is for sure, I won't shy away from lots of pictures, long winded rants, and over-usage of the comma. Once that sentence is started, let it run on, and on, and on, and on.
As always, thanks for reading and chiming in with your thoughts in the comment section below!