It's The Little Things

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Blog entry by Troy posted 04-27-2010 06:49 AM 1109 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In an attempt to find a balance to creativity and demand, I frequently do local work along the line of craft items. From end-grain cutting boards to custom novelty items to blank wood patterns, I enjoy providing the little solutions as well as the larger works. It’s always great to listen to people describe this “thing” they need that’s “yea big” and thus wide” with “said dimensions”. After a few seconds of this convincing entertainment, I nod and say “yes, I can do that”.

Custom Metal Sculpture
From this point on, I am always pleased to watch the reassured expressions as people seem relieved to know that someone can, and will, provide a great, custom product. Last week, I was asked to make a stable base for a custom metal sculpture. It’s 1/2″ thick, welded steel sculpture of the state of Alaska. It has a layered, arched, vertical profile about 3/4″ rearward. The client needed a stable base for it, and they requested a darker wood to match the thermal-chromatic finish. The bolt posts are tack welded to the bottom so I had to provide for a countersunk upper and lower locking nut. For a project that needed a economical and stable base, I am pleased with the outcome. I hope the client is also.

Nice set; one for veggies, one for meats. One about 18” sq, the other 16” sq
At the same time, I was asked to make a set of end-grain cutting boards for a client that saw us at the home show recently. She was impressed by the quality of boards and asked me to make a pair for her kitchen environment. This particular product, inspired years ago by Marc at the Wood Whisperer and since developed, is a joy to make and provide to appreciative clients. It took a while to perfect the production of these works, but I got it down pretty well. I’ve made dozens of these, and at this point, I am glad for the practice in order to make sure I always provide a solid product to a customer. The people that get these express feedback and gratitude that always makes me proud. There are several other items I enjoy making and I looking forward to getting a few prepared for the eventual holidays.
On another note, my new assistant, Miranda, has been sick and diagnosed with pneumonia. She is upset about missing work, but I understand these things happen. She even went to the bookstore to get a book I recommended, Understanding Wood. Our thoughts are with her and her recovery to full health. She is the sorely missed in the shop.
Stay tuned for the next post….it’s a treat.
Thanks for reading!

Your Arctic Woodworking Friend,

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#1 posted 04-27-2010 07:49 AM

Troy It is a great satisfaction to be able to make someone something they are not sure of..
I regularly get…’ I did not know just what I wanted until you made it…Its perfect..’
Keep up the good work. And always remember… IT IS the little things..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 04-27-2010 02:32 PM


It’s a great feeling when folks come to you and ask for something to be made, knowing they will get quality workmanship.

Tell Miranda, we wish her a speedy recovery!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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