Last night I went to bed after reading some wonderfu, somewhat esoteric, yet inner-spirit revealing blogs. “Stool-O-Marriage: A Rustic Impression of the Marriage Covenant”, “How’s Your Underside Looking”, Seeing the Timelessness of Gustav’s Vision”, and “A Gift Cane for my Carving Father” to name just a very few. And the responses that these kinds of blogs elicit are equally inspiring. They cause my spirit to soar and inspire new ideas that stimulate my creativity. In truth, I wonder what it is about this place that has wrought such a unique approach to woodworking.
Then this morning I awake to read such practical, if not pedestrian topics as “How to sell your products”, “selling our items”, “What Price to Sell it For?”, “Counting The Cost: Estimating Questions”, and “Where to sell your products”.
Wow! It was like taking a cold shower! How does one explain this swing from the figurative sublime to the ridiculous? The answer is simple – that’s life. Sometimes we want to laugh – sometimes we want to cry, and the strangest thing is, it’s sometimes the same thing that educe these polar responses.
It’s who we are. Man is a spiritual being trapped in a very human body. Our essence is not body but spirit. Never-the-less, our bodies need warmth, shelter and food. Thanks Maslov.
Our burden is that we can never remain in the sublime for long. Our basic needs always bring us back to the ridiculous.
Woodworking? Where does it fit? I propose that it fits in both camps, and therein lies the struggle. Perhaps the best way to close this rambling is to quote a lumberJock I’ve grown to admire.
Mark deCou: ”And last, but not least, I would love to see a group like the lumberjocks who have pooled their resources, power, influence, synergy, and ideas into a new movement of artists. We don’t have to be driven by the same styling, but more importantly by the same ideals, being pure, open, honest, and homemade. My momma always said I was a “day-dreamer and hard to work with.” Maybe after all is said and done, we’ll find that there is a bright future ahead for the Self-Employed Artisan in the age of cyber-space. If not, then it has been a fun journey for me so far, and I’ll start dusting off my resume again.”
Amen, Mark, Amen!
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