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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 11-07-2010 12:56 PM 1189 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all. This doesn’t usually happen to me, as you know.

I’ve lost the flow.

Mostly I have an idea of what the next project is going to be whilst I’m working on the current one. This time I’ve started out on a project, well two actually, and reached an impass. Its not that I have an un-solveable problem to overcome (when has that ever stopped me blindly going on). I’m half way through these. I look at them mostly daily. I can see where I’m going on both of them I just can’t seem to progress.

Help!!!

This is the first one, these are the paper models. 1/2 scale.
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I’ve already changed the design slightly in that they are not going to be cubes but about 2/3 the height shown here. Finished size will be 96×96 x 60mm.

I don’t want to show the second one in case its a terrible failure.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com



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dustbunny

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#1 posted 11-07-2010 01:20 PM

Stuck ?
Set them aside and do a project you don’t have to think about.
Usually I find while doing something completely different I have an
inspiring idea, or notice a detail about the set aside project that
I didn’t see while in the midst of being stuck.
It will come to you, give it some time….

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 01:33 PM

I agree with dustbunny. I have had the same thing happen where I am in the middle and going like a ball of fire and something may not work out just as I planned or whatever the reason and I just feel like walking away from things. It is if the fire inside just goes out. I found that if I fight it and forge ahead, it usually makes things worse. Try to change gears completely for a little while and work on another project. Perhaps while you are doing that, you will have some ideas and overcome what is stopping you with this one.

Give it some time. I don’t believe that forcing the issue will lead to your success. Perhaps think in simpler terms. Sometimes overcoming things when doing a simpler version will help guide you through the more difficult ones. These look quite hard and complex. Perhaps you are trying to run before you learn to walk on this one?

It will come to you when you are ready. Give it a break and you will know when the time is right.

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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SPalm

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#3 posted 11-07-2010 01:51 PM

I feel for you. I seemed to have pushed it into neutral at about the same time you did. Output = zero. I have all kinds of outside reasons and distractions, but still I stopped. I am trying desperately to get the mojo back. I love the all consuming drive of a good project. This is a really good time of year to be productive in the shop in order to crank out presents. I think this will be the first year in many where I don’t make something to share.

So the question is, who took our mojo?

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 11-07-2010 02:02 PM

Martyn,
You are very lucky if this doesn’t often happen to you. It happens to me all the time, which is why I usually have a number of projects going on at the same time. Sounds odd, but if I wait a while, eventually the project will “tell me what it wants to be.” Whenever I “press on” I am almost always sorry. I’m with Lisa here.

Unfortunately, not all my projects speak to me soon. But when they do, I’m usually happy happy with the answer. This is also true for me when something goes horribly wrong. Most often, if I can avoid the predictable explosion (heaving the whole thing in the trash) – in a day or two the corrective solution will usually appear, and the project will be able to continue with no flaw noticeable in the finished product.

But then, it’s always possible that I’m just not the sharpest pencil in the cup, and things just take me longer. :-)
Good luck on this one.

Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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BritBoxmaker

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#5 posted 11-07-2010 04:16 PM

Thank you all for your sympathetic yet practical advice. I’m letting myself be dragged along to a pub quiz, today.
Tomorrow I may just tinker in the shop. Cleaning up sometimes helps.

As for our mojo, Steve, I think ‘Fat Bastard’ stole it along with Austin Powers’.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#6 posted 11-07-2010 05:26 PM

What can I say, a few hours in the local boozer will work wonders and an evening with the wife and telly will be a welcome break. Even Winston had naps.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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BritBoxmaker

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#7 posted 11-07-2010 05:34 PM

lol. Not sure about Brandy and Cigars though, Roger. Maybe just a couple of pints.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#8 posted 11-07-2010 05:41 PM

Add a couple of pasties or a pork pie with the pints and and a game of Arrers for exercise and you’l be Hunky Dorey in no time.
Cheers

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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BritBoxmaker

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#9 posted 11-07-2010 05:45 PM

Blindin’ mate.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Dez

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#10 posted 11-07-2010 08:04 PM

I use the old standby like most here, set it aside and come back later after it has had time to cook properly.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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degoose

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#11 posted 11-07-2010 09:21 PM

Hey there Martyn… drop over for a little inspiration from the fridge and take the weight off your feet by sitting in my inspirational chair for a while…
Always works for me… no sooner do I sit than I have another idea and have to jump up and try it…
regards
Larry

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

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#12 posted 11-07-2010 10:05 PM

If It didn´t happen I wuold have wondered alot
with the speed you Martyn and SPalm with a few others had competing
with new patterns and ideas this year :-)

take a break from it making a very simple and uncomplicated thing or two
some DIY stuff on the honey to do list
you know how werd the brain can bee sometimes both ideas and solutions
pop up from the strangest thing we get inspired from with out notice it

take care
Dennis

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BritBoxmaker

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#13 posted 11-07-2010 10:10 PM

Beer poured. Feet up. Watching the world pass by (but still far from dead yet). Thanks mate.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#14 posted 11-07-2010 10:49 PM

You’re stuck? I’m so far behind, there’s no chance of me pulling you out :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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BritBoxmaker

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#15 posted 11-07-2010 10:53 PM

lol

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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