Wow: I just cast my votes in the winter competition, and it was a pure joy. The programming behind making it happen was incredible Martin. You should have entered your “website” as a project. I am impressed.
I also enjoyed selecting from the two different categories. I would surely like to see a “Carving/Sculpture” category in the next one. Really great projects to choose from, and knowing something about the woodworkers behind them was also cool.
I was disappointed in the “almost” making it to “50” entries. Almost there, but not quite. Maybe for the Summer competition we can make a new goal that is a lot higher. One thing for everyone to think about is coming up with more prizes for the next competition. Martin can only self-fund these prizes for so long. If you think of a cool way to help raise prizes for the competition, email them to Martin.
I need to hit the shop again. Being out of money and a few days away from a progress payment milestone has kept me pretty quiet here for the past days.
I made a major mess up in my latest project that really caused me to think and read my past advice. I made my own wide crown molding, and made just enough for the Altars I am building. Then, I cut the last piece 1/4” too short. Crown molding is a nightmare in itself, and I had just made the mistake of trying to cut the length in one cut to save time.
Normally, I have cut in several “close” cuts, and kept shaving it down each time. I decided this one time to not do that, and I paid the price. I spent another whole day making another piece of crown molding and sanding it smooth, but I have it in place now, and I can move on to the next phase.
I took photos, and I am working on ideas for making it into an “Oops Article” as I went through a lot of emotions when I figured out what I had done wrong, and scrambled for some way to make it right again. I feel that the emotions and decisions I went through are pretty much the same as others would have in that situation, and I thought it would make a fun article. So, I will be working on a “bare-it-tell-it-all” article on what to do in such a case. I had to stop and remember a lot of words I have typed to other people in the past, and decided to follow my own advice.
As Don would say,
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com