Hello to all our fellow wood workers out there, and great job for doing what you love. Even though there are times that we get frustrated with a project that we are working on, run into on problem after the other; like finding new scratches everytime you change the angle of your light, whoops dropped it again, dang I forgot to do that or where did that run come from? We stick with it because it is a part of us, we love it and with every item that we make, we leave a little piece of ourselves in that piece of wood.
I think one of the things I love is seeing a piece come to life. We start out by harvesting limbs off juniper trees, with a better trained eye we can see the curve or twist in the wood and know that there is something cool under that ugly thick bark. We bring it home and try to pressure wash the wood as soon as possible and get it out of the sun so the wood does not discolor. I think that pressure washing is one of the funnest parts of the process because we can see what is truly under the outer layer, it is in a way like christmas, you never know what you are going to get and every limb is different.
Once the wood is cured we of course go to work either on a custom order or for building inventory. From there it is a whole lot of sanding, leveling, grinding, sandblasting and sometimes the project gets thoroughly “blessed” if you get my drift. Then of course we have the final project ready for spraying and then added to our website or shipped off to the customer.
We all have our own process and way of doing things, and this is what makes us all so unique. I dont think that there is a right or wrong way to do anything as long as the outcome is what we expected or better than , and that we are having fun while we are doing it. By no means do I consider ourselves professional, we are self taught, mostly by trial and error, and of course what we found on the web. What is so great about this place is that we can share our stories, learn from one another and become more inspired, and to know that we are not alone in the dust filled days of sanding and grinding.
So kudos to you all for sticking it out and doing the best that you can. Nice to meet you all and I look forward to building many lasting friendships.!!!!