and then it becomes....... #1: You never know

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 10-03-2008 05:38 AM 1005 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When things become confusing, and I’m talking about the design aspect now as I have yet to begin this project, the shop gets quiet. My mind scopes the shop in search of something. A piece of material? A jig? Anything that can “push” me in the direction I need to go. Does my piece require the use of my leigh jig? Maybe I should start with the material instead of thinking about the process first. I search through the pile of wood looking for figure, something that stands out, maybe even a variation in color. There’s my favorite wood, Bubinga, and it’s counterpart (by this I mean they really go good together) Wenge. I pull the pieces out and put them next to each other. As always I love it. But is this going to become a habit? Will I always go to these two woods simply because they look great together? The bubinga cabinet I made in the Krenov Style suggests that this is a match made in heaven. But is it the inspiration to give me a good design? Maybe I should rethink things a bit….........Walnut and maple look nice. Cherry and walnut, Cherry and Purple Heart. I have the purple heart but no cherry. My mind sorts through things wondering why the cherry isn’t there and remembers that having a brother in the same field means things grow legs and walk away. What do they become then? His mind seems to work similar. He sees some material he likes and it disappears. It figures that he always makes his way to the stack of material right around the time my mind starts wondering about a project. It’s no matter. I still have the bubinga and wenge. He knows the expense of the wenge, and how hard it hits flying through the air. It’s mine, and a bruise isn’t in his best interest…. So my mind is set. But now what will it become? I bet if I start cutting tomorrow the design will just become. And so I will…........And maybe, just maybe, maple will have a fling with wenge and bubinga…....

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 10-03-2008 05:45 AM

Thinking aloud, are we?

That could have been describing me.

You know what they say about great minds don’t you.

When you find out, let me know will you.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 10-03-2008 01:07 PM

Decisions decisions. Why not try eeny meeny miny mo-pick one, or, she loves she loves me not.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Bob #2

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#3 posted 10-03-2008 02:04 PM

That’s the difference between creating something and taking an order.
Having a full pallet to work from is often more difficult than just reproducing something to a specification , but, far more gratifying.

p.s. You forgot to consider Bloodwood. <vbg>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 10-03-2008 04:54 PM

Lee I will let you know. Grumpy I tried the eeny meeny trick but not the she loves me, she loves me not. Bob it is difficult to come up with something to do that can be gratifying when you don’t have a time frame or a customer busting your chops. The bloodwood sounds good but it’s at the store and my wallet must have had a hole in it because it’s empty. LOL. I’m starting this project and will be continuing the story soon. Thanks guys for reading.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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