|Project by mnorusis||posted 11-27-2010 07:18 PM||4507 views||18 times favorited||20 comments|
While I’ve always been handy, I have not been “truly” woodworking for too long and even though I’ve built quite a few things, I have yet to find something that I really really loved making from start to finish. Sure, it’s great to make things for the house and I take great pride in the projects I’ve done well, but for some reason something has been missing.
This is what I found myself reflecting on when my woodworking anniversary was coming up a few months ago. What I settled on was, while I’ve become quite passionate about woodworking, it was just that, a passion for woodworking. While not a bad thing by any means, I decided I needed to try and find something to build that I was passionate about. I decided only then would I be able to push myself to continue to improve my skills.
So the search for my woodworking anniversary project began. I considered and dismissed a great many projects for one reason or another, and was getting pretty disheartened, when I decided to go through my favorites and my woodworking bookmarks (no small feat) to see if there was a theme. That is how the idea to build a Maloof Style Low back Chair came to the front of my mind. While not a style for everyone, like many woodworkers before me, I had completely fallen in love with Sam Maloof’s style. The problem was, I really wasn’t sure if I was ready for such a project, so I did what I always do, read everything I possibly could about the subject. Finally, never really one to shy away from taking on something I really had no business doing, I settled on Scott Morrison's Maloof Inspired Low Back Chair templates and DVD
Let me just say what a great decision it was to go with those templates and DVD. On their own, they are basically perfect, but when you add in Scott’s willingness to help me through the process, they are invaluable. He’s very kind, patient and clearly passionate about what he does and helping others. Definitely the best decision of the project.
Overall, the chair took me 51 hours to complete. About 10 of those hours were devoted to tasks associated with this being my first time building this chair. Things like watching the DVD, making the templates and building the jigs. I think the next one will take between 30 and 35 hours. I’ve actually already started on a Settee using Scott’s templates (he has a Settee add-on to the low back chair templates).
Most importantly though, I think I found something I am just as passionate about as woodworking. Only time will tell, but building this chair was amazingly enjoyable. So enjoyable actually that I even enjoyed the sanding! As I said, I’m currently working on a Settee, and after that I plan on building other chairs, perhaps another one of Scott’s designs so I can continue to improve as a chair maker, with the eventual hope of designing my own.
Another important discovery, with this project, I’ve finally learned to be happy with the end result, while at the same time seeing the flaws in the finished product. For a lot of my projects, I simply haven’t been able to see past the flaws (not necessarily mistakes, but things that could have been done better). But I think I’ve finally learned that it’s okay for it not to be absolutely perfect, because the next one will be even better. And there most certainly will be a next one.
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for taking the time to read through, and please know that any and all comments are welcome.