Monday, July 29, 2013

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (SELF)

I spent most of my weekend researching wood carving and exactly what is involved in this craft.
 I'm here to report that there are 4 tools essential in making this art.

1.Adze (hatchet-like tool)
2.Scorp (curved draw knife tool)
3.Compass plane (plane with a concave blade)
4.Travisher (kinda like a compass plane)

I own 2 out of the 4 tools, so I did what I had to do to make it work.
 The last 2 tools listed (and the ones I don't own) are basically for speeding up the smoothing process, so what should've taken me about 10 minutes, took 2 hours.
 In doing my research, I discovered that every photo of a wood carver at work, appears to be in a zombie-like state.
 I've never felt such a sense of focus in building anything like when I carved out a simple seat for this bench. It's pretty amazing.
 There is something to be said about taking complete command over a piece of wood and molding it into whatever you want.
 In terms of the base for this bench, I came up with a ton of ideas. I opted for a set of Hairpin legs.
For one, it's been awhile since I've incorporated the hairpin leg, and secondly, I didn't want to take away from the wood itself.
 I know most of you are bored to death with my "technical" blogs, and would much rather hear me ramble on about hood rats messing with my son at the park, but in the haunting words of  BeZuZu from the Exorcist...."in time...in     time".

Monday, July 22, 2013

CHURCH

On Sunday morning, while the sinners were just stumbling in, and the saints were getting ready for church, I was carving out a seat for a new bench.
 Max and I had delivered the workbench to Salvage one on Saturday, and tucked behind where I had been working on the bench, were two old beams.
 Now my original plan was to work on these steel tables that I had conjured up in my melon while in Michigan, but the place where I get my steel is only open mon-fri, until 4pm, so the reality of me actually making it out there to go shopping, isn't much of a reality this week.
 In the spirit of keeping shit moving, I switched gears.
I have never carved out a seat, and I can report back that it is rough. would I do it again? In a heart beat. But, this is a process where the right tool is essential.
 The Adze that I have is actually a bowl carvers Adze, so it's small, and not really appropriate for this type of work, but I made it work...cause it's all I had. You can't really run out to the lumberjack store at 5am on a Sunday.
 I'm not sure where I'm going with this bench, since it kind of ended up as  a plan B.
I'll focus on cleaning and shaping and pray that a idea for a base pops into my head during the process.
 It seems like the longer I let a piece marinate, the better it comes out.

Friday, July 19, 2013

HERE WE GO...AGAIN

I was recently contacted by a gentleman who was interested in purchasing the workbench.
 I promptly emailed him back with a price.
Mind you, the price I was giving him was beyond fair.
 When a retailer sells one of my pieces, it's a 50/50 split, and I usually let them price it, and eating 50% really works out fine because I don't have to deal with shit heads like the shit head who was interested in purchasing the work bench.
 I know there are a lot of new people reading this blog, and if you go back to my earliest posts, you will find a protocol for purchasing one of my pieces.
 But since you're here now, let me save you some time and break it down one more time.

1. Don't attempt to haggle.
This isn't the Compton Swap Meet, I price my pieces based on  materials, time invested, and how attached I am to a piece.

2. NEVER tell me what something costs at Pottery Barn.
Any swinging dick with a credit card can buy something from Pottery Barn.
My pieces are one of a kind.
If you want a piece that a zillion other people have, by all means go to Pottery Barn

3. There's no turning back.
After you have offended me by breaking rules one and two, it's over...for you.
 Buying from me is very simple. Buy it, or don't.
It makes it worse for you if you violate rules one and two, then have a come to Jesus moment, and agree to the price, because at that point, there's nothing for sale for you. I don't care where you work, how much you make, what you drive...you've become a fart in the wind to me.

That's really it.
3 rules.
Not that hard.
Thank you, come again.

Monday, July 15, 2013

RESTORATION COMPLETE, ON TO THE NEXT ONE

I completed the work bench restoration project before we left for a little Michigan get away.
 I truly believe that I took this table as far as it could possibly go.
I'm not so sure that I would be in a big hurry to take on another restoration project.
 There was some gratification in bringing it back to life, but not nearly as much as when you form a idea in your head, then facilitate it.
 While in Michigan this weekend, I was able to conjure up a new project.
Usually, I'll come up with a idea, and it changes along the way, but this time I was able to mentally map it out completely.
 I don't know if it was nature, or fresh air, or what, but having some clarity was a welcome luxury.

Monday, July 8, 2013

NOTHING LAZY ABOUT LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER.

Where exactly does the "lazy" part come around in the phrase "lazy days of summer"?
 In between backyard camping, bar-b-que's, water parks, and a insane work load, I managed to get all the steel for the work table cut and polished, as well as a new hickory drawer front made.
 The table had a pretty big chip in the left corner, so I made a contraption to hold a mallet.
Not only did that contraption solve my chip problem, but I can't tell you how much time I spend looking for that mallet when I'm working, so now...it has a home, and I think it looks pretty cool too.
 All that's left is attaching all the steel, a good sanding, and a finish coat.
If I had my shop space, this would have been a 3 day build as opposed to a month.
 I'm kind of over stressing out about a shop space. As great as it would be, everything happens exactly as it's supposed to. Instead of looking ahead, I'm learning to be present in the "now".
 I haven't decided if I'm going to sell this piece yet either. With each step closer to completion, the more attached I get to it. Now that I have more time to stack away cash for rent, and summer side jobs being abundant, there is absolutely no urgency to put this one on the show room floor.