Time To Challange Myself #1: Objective

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Blog entry by Joshua Howe posted 12-11-2008 05:56 PM 922 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I recently built myself a new shop. I moved from an 8×8 to a 12×16 I know this isn’t much to most of you but it is huge for me. Now I have my tool out on display and I’m not working off the floor.

I have always felt that I have the ability to create beautiful pieces of furniture and the Ideas have always been there. I mean, I have a sculpture degree, I received numerous awards for my work at the University of Montevallo. I don’t ever want to sound full of myself but, my wife(biggest fan) says that I need to be proud of my abilities and maybe she is right. And not with just me with all of us. We all should be very proud of ourselves, it does takes special people to create the things we create. And I know deep down inside that some of you feel the same way I do. You may or may not admit it but, you want to be someone that is remembered like one of my personal heroes Sam Maloof. I mean to watch him on a band saw OMG. For those who do not know him Then again what is that feeling? That Feeling? That Need? It’s hard to explain hard to express hard to think about. A guy I know (use to be a friend) and I where sitting in his shop talking and he said that what he wants out of life isn’t to be rich but to be filthy rich. I being the person I am agreed but, inside I was think NO. Don’t get me wrong rich would be good, but to be a master of my trade holds so much more value to me. Money comes and goes but, to be consider one of the best can never be taken away. Well that is as deep as I’m willing to go on that subject with you guys. And I do understand that I have been trained through my art studies to look at the world differently. So, that being said in the past I have used my shop as an excuse and of course money has been an issue. But know I have to prove something to myself.

Now the question is what do I want to build?
I have a baby girl on the way I could build something useful for her arrival (March 28th 2008 WoW!). I just don’t know. I have a crib design drawn up. That’s an idea. My dad wants to help me on that one though. My wife wants a roll around station in the kitchen just to keep bottle stuff in.

This maybe the new project!?

I know this project won’t change the world. People aren’t going to be knocking down the door to buy one. But I do want to work on using google sketch up and try my had at hand cutting some dovetails.
So first things first Learning googles program.
Maybe it won’t be that bad I’m good with cad based programs and I have been trained on illustrator and photoshop. So, I will give it a whirl.

-- Wood,clay,metal, and stone are all just materials, until an artist's hand touches them.--TreeFormDesign

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#1 posted 12-11-2008 07:21 PM

Good luck to you! I like your work that I’ve seen so far. Follow your dreams.

-- Robb

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#2 posted 12-11-2008 07:24 PM


-- Wood,clay,metal, and stone are all just materials, until an artist's hand touches them.--TreeFormDesign

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#3 posted 12-12-2008 04:56 PM

A 12×16 better than a 8×8.

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