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 - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com