The Christmas Rush

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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 12-08-2006 05:44 PM 1110 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This time of year is always a lot of fun for me. First there is the birthday of Jesus, and then the decorations, the kid’s excitment, the food, the gifts, and the family reunions. Also, this time always involves orders for Christmas presents.

These projects are usually small, around $100-$200 a piece, and come fast and furious. I enjoy scrimshaw artwork, and this year I am doing a Wolf on a knife handle, and a Black Labrador Dog on a walking cane handle. I am doing some carving for a St. Louis Cardinal’s fan, and another carved walking cane with a Wood Spirit face. I’m also building three Mission Style Post Coat Trees, and a Mission Style Dining Table Seat Bench. I think that is all of them I can think of right now without taking time to look at the my Microsoft Project schedule listing.

I enjoy having all of these projects going at the same time, moving from one project to the next as glue, or paint, stain, or finish is drying. I also just finished up a few props for the Church’s Christmas drama where I made my first bent crook Shepherd’s Staff, a Sitting Bench, and of course, the Manger for baby Jesus.

This rush is a lot fun like I said, and the projects are short term, and are finished quickly, much different than the months I spend on one studio art-furniture piece at times wondering if I will ever be finished with it.

Now, if only some marketer could just figure out how to get us all into a buying frenzy 3 more times a year I could spread out this fun over the whole year. But, then we would probably lose the real meaning for the other Holidays, as we have with Christmas.

Jesus is the reason,
Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 12-08-2006 06:00 PM

Or if your Christmas buyers would put their orders in by the end of August?

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#2 posted 12-09-2006 05:29 AM

I know what you mean Mark, It seems I have too many irons in the fire. Last year at our family, our big family gettogether, I have 3 brothers and 5 sisters so there is quite a gathering on christmas eve. We have a gift exchange and I made 3 bowls for the gathering. They seemed to be the hit of the night everyone wanted them. So this year I’m making a lamp and a couple of free form bowls. Plus I’m making my wife a 15” round thing a ma jig that sits on a lazy susan and sits on the table for salt and pepper, napkins etc. Plus I’ve got that lid on my daughters hope chest to finish. Talk about a one legged man in a butt kickin contest! I don’t know if I’m comin or goin. I think the wood is starting to talk to me or something in that shop, maybe rats. lol. Lets put Christ back in Christmas. Your bud, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 12-13-2006 05:18 AM

Mark: I made toys and puzzles, and between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my family never saw me, except when I brought a stack of lumber into the house to draw all of my patterns on the wood prior to cutting. But it paid for all of my tools. Back in the 1960’s I figured I was making about $25.00 per hour for my time. Not bad for back then.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 12-13-2006 07:09 AM

Yes, there sure can be too much time devoted towards getting ready (on all fronts) for the holidays, and such a big crash immediately after. Plenty of time, but no motivation to get a jump on things, whether your own creative projects, or an effort to not become a “ghost of Christmas present” next year.

I remember hearing tell of my grandfather finishing a doll house for my sister on Christmas morning. It’s still fantastic, and will be passed down, but is a testament to what can (and usually does) happen to us creative types at this time of the year. If (when) my wife decides I’ll be making one, she’d better decide sometime before the summer! Lest she gives me over a years notice – and makes me start straight away!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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