Most all of the projects that come through the shop are things that people didn’t know that thay could have done. In addition most of my projects, the ones that are a big enough deal to post on LJ’s, are things that I’ve never done before. Mind you it is harder to convince a custormer to commition a piece when all they have is your word that you can do it well without having a reference of the exact project that they want made. This line always closes the deal though “My best pieces are things I have never done before”. Right now I am building to match a 1920 Bovarian style. This is such a rich period of furniture. It is ornate and homie at the same time. It is nearly all build of quarter sawn oak, I love that stuff! and all of the tops of all the period peice I studied have beautiful marqued tops.
This isn’t something that I would have just gotten into. I would have never woke up one morning and said, “I think I’ll build something bovarian today”. In fact left to my own devices I only build conteperary studio furniture when I build for myself or something to sell. The point is that no matter what your favorite dicipline in woodworking it is essential to have a diverce experience with different building style. Next time you are trying to come up with a project to build go to a freind or family memder and ask them if you could build something to match there household furniture. Research the style and history of the period and build something out of your box.