”Posted and Noted Sticky List”
....this thing i call a love of woodworking can sometimes be lost amidst all the shop clutter and sawdust particles that are forever swirling around me as i make haste to finish and start new works of ‘RusticWoodArt’....
Now lets see, if I remember the pearls of expressed coffee wisdom that one art instructor, passed on to me one day, while looking over the stages of various pieces in my workshop on one visit. ”One should always have short term and long term goals of art work in ‘the process’.” And so at the end of yesterday, out in the shop, I was looking around at all the work and all the stages and wondering in my mind as I started thinking on a list, since I must confess to the need of sometimes acting as if I keep notes on the various stages of progress.
And so while writing these notes in my journal, I also decided to put them online in my blog, that way if I should start slipping or slacking….well I’m sure someone will take notice and bring me back into this thing some call reality. So I thought maybe a short to do list would be in order….and please note, this is not a—-honey do list—-, ha!....I all-ready get enough of those and what with spring getting closer, my wife is already dreaming aloud about vegetable-flower and rock gardens, landscaping, her gallery she wants to open in one bay of the barn, exterior and interior house cosmetics and then there are the two cabins which require some much needed work of labored sweat put into them this year, and then of course all this is accompanied by her words of sweetness that declare, “I know only you can do all this!”
”TO DO LIST”, in no particular order as of today, tomorrow, coming week or month; the main thing is ’just do it’!
1) Find a new renovation project to take on; one should be ‘short term’ and the other ‘long term’, again ’just do it’.... 2) Show coming up at the end of March; they need photo of work and short one paragraph biography…. 3) Must figure out demonstration for show and what I will enter for judging…. 4) Complete furniture for setting of booth space; will go for an early rustic after the spirit of an Adirondack hunting camp, time period around the early 1900’s…. 5) Check with new gallery about what and when to bring pieces by so they can be juried, also make note that some of these pieces will need to go to show…. 6) Spring is coming, so get ready for spring cleaning of shop….start NOW!.... 7) Finish third floor of barn and free up some bays of all that wood for floors and walls…. 8) Time to finish up the ‘finishing booth’.... 9) Finish maple and lilac rustic table…. 10) Start two new wood sculptures: one for short term goal, one for long term (middle to end of summer).... 11) Start walnut slab for bench-end table, this should be short term for a gallery setting…. 12) put time into sitting before and getting picture of tall ‘giraffe piece’ for a new work sculpture in ‘free form’ to be done in colored pencil and lacquer…. 13) finish kitchen and bathroom renovation for customer, along with window seat….14) Send off 3-5 images of current work for spring showing at new galleries, again—-’just do it’....15) Finish oil painting on pine bark for gallery submission….16) Find new ways and places to market my self and work….
....and this is just for starters, plus at least three times a day; Stop To Breath and remember that this is all supposed to be fun. I guess the main thing to remember is that, though ’I am working hard’—-I am ‘hardly working’!!!
And then also there is the list of ’spring is in the air’ and the rivers are going to start running once again with white water as all the ice melts. So included in my to do list there is: ....the selling of one canoe plus motor, maintenance of other canoe along with fiberglass repairs and riveted seat work, check out now and buy early two kayaks and plan what rivers and bodies of water to do this year….also plan on doing in the spring, the Mount Lafayette / Mount Lincoln, Bridle Path Loop and see what information I can find on the Greenleaf Hut//AMC….
Well, all my working really is fun and yes, I cut the list short since I’ve not walked you through my list of all those slab cuts I need to make, plus what is waiting for me out there in the forest of woods.
Also noted, and thanks to Martin on a new look update on this website .....again, Thanks Martin for all the time and effort you put into this place so that all who love wood can come and visit!
Have a good weekend!!!
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/