It has been awhile. Nothing very artistic coming out of my shop the past few months. Just grinding away at different cabinet jobs. I did get 300 bd. feet of knotty maple I’m dying to cut up, but I’ll just have to wait.
Training an employee has been a rush. I’ve really been looking closely at the traditional rolls we take on when we become bosses. I really believe we create our own cultures where we work. They might say quality and really believe it but in lots of places that is not reality. Quality is the hardest thing for me to teach. Our world is based on a go go go mentality. Trying to get workers to slow down is a puzzle. Our egos are based on how much money we can make. I’m struggle with my own ideas of is it good enough?
My neck of the woods are full of minimum wage jobs. We import people from out of the country to fill them. We have $5.35 to $12.00 an hour jobs where families are struggling and we have large business owners making a fortune. (we call them family farmers…most of the families are gone..swallowed up in the rush to grow) In one hand we idolize the Donald, yet support a system that thinks a small business is around 100 employees. I can not support that. I just will not go there. If I can’t make enough to pay a living wage I don’t want the job. Plenty of others can do that but some how I feel I’ll do better, paying an honest wage, expecting an honest days work.
Thank God I live in a country where I can live outside the norm. Woodworking is one of those places an independent spirit can thrive. The question becomes just how do I create a healthy work environment. How do I avoid those pit falls my ego has layed out for me. I’ve worked for some wonderful folk so I’ve had some good role models. I’ve also seen bad choices destroy too many small businesses and the lives associated with them. I’m not really worried because I’m not going deep into debt to try this. No big loans, no leasing a bunch of equipment, no friggin business plans! Not even a brand new F-350!
I miss doing my rustic furniture, but the Western Design Conference is coming up too soon and I’ll need to get busy and build a few pieces for that! Let me see maybe something for the garden…and something with some fancy joinery…