Monday, March 16, 2009

Looking Into The Shop Window

I received a nice note from Brenda that concluded, "I would never dream of having the ability to do what you do..." That makes me feel a little sad when I hear that, because so many folks have the ability, if they have the right tools and/or the right resources. I've just been incredibly lucky in that regard.

Please know this: I got a D in wood shop in the 7th grade! Of course, I wouldn't mind showing that shop teacher a few of my pieces today...

A lot of the stuff I do requires patience, occasionally a steady hand, and a willingness to give new things a try. I'm hopeful that through this blog I can inspire others to try some new things in mini-making. There are always new skills and new approaches to learn. Sometimes the items I work on turn out wonderfully. Other times, well, let's just say the old shop teacher would have smiled and said, "See? I told you so!"

I often talk to myself when I'm working - sometimes out loud and frequently within my head. I coach myself as I go with statements such as: "Careful! Slow down. Steady.... Did you measure that right? Check it again! Looking good. Yes! That's the way to do it." I try to tune out the voice that says, "I could never do that..." Instead, I more often think, "I'd like to try that sometime..." It certainly leaves me with endless projects to do!

All of this said, please understand how much I appreciate your kind comments for this blog. Thank you, Brenda, and thank you also to the many others of you who have left such kind comments!

5 comments:

MiniKat said...

I know what you mean about letting the little voice in your head talk you into more projects. That happens alot around here with both miniatures and life-sized furniture.

MiniKat said...

I didn't say this in the previous post as it just happened. I showed my husband your bookcase and told him you made it with a jeweler's saw and he said: "I think I have the right size blades for you to do that."

And we have some leftover paduk, purpleheart, and osage kicking around. Hmm....

Tallulah~Belle said...

I talk to myself as well George...perfectly normal :-)

Jayne

Brenda said...

I didn't intend to make you sad, George, but you know that. I have found that, where minis are concerned, you are correct. If I tried it, I could probably learn it. Woodworking and glass blowing are two things I've always wanted to try and never have. What I really meant by "never dreaming to do what you do" is that I don't have time, energy, or brain power, at this point, to learn much of anything...and what I mean by that is that I'm almost 50 and I have a two-year old. Not just any two-year old either! The kind they write books about - strong-willed, bossy, consumes my every waking moment, etc. I'm in very short supply of time and energy. Maybe in a couple of years I can at least give it a try.

debby said...

well said George; that's the spirit. But again I see the point you are making Brenda. I relate to your position as Im a working mom as well. Please don't worry, it's not the quantity of work that matters. If your energy levels means that you can only do one piece every two months, so be it. Some minilovers have a bewildering production, others don't.

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