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Let me start out by saying the gargoyle is only there because I don’t really keep dolls on hand to show off something like this lol!
So for the few of you that have seen my blog about the journey of this project “Operation Tiny Mattresses” was a success I’d say. For those of you that haven’t though you’ll probably think I’m some mad man by the time you’ve finished the following sentences.
So this challenge to myself started out two weeks ago. I had this grand idea that I was going to build this little bunk bed for one of my nieces for her 3rd birthday. Which meant learning a few things along the way of course. Now keep in mind I am not what I would consider a woodworker by any means, but I try. You see my background is in sound/radio production, psychology, computer software programming, and tool misunderstanding. So getting this done in two months let alone two weeks was going to be more of a, what’s the word?... improbability than anything else. I now see why LJ is such a thriving community too. It not only stimulates the pleasure centers of ones mind by allowing you to show everyone that comes across your page throughout that wacky thing of time-space (considering someone may find your page years down the road) what you’re doing, but also gives a person a place to focus and get much needed retrospect on something they’re working on. Plus for people who are more goal oriented you get to somewhat keep a running list of your next step(s) even if you don’t actually write it down in your blog, but I digress.
All that being said, I’m actually okay with how this project came out. I say okay as in at peace with how it came out. It reminds me of a story I heard once long ago from either Japanese or Chinese folklore about a stone carver who was commissioned to carve two fierce looking dragons from some large boulders. The man would take his stones with him into nature, and listen. Listen and ask them what they wanted to be, but the stones he was given did not want to be fierce dragons. They wanted to be koi. Peaceful, gentle, and proud. When the carver returned with the two stone koi the commissioner was outraged, and nearly put the carver to death for what he had done, but the basic moral of the story was this: No matter how set you are in making something the way you want it, if you listen hard enough, and know enough to ask it what it wants to be, it will become exactly what it needs to be. That little bit of advice from the story I seem to have always carried around with me ever since I heard it as a child.
You can apply that moral to many things though if you actually think about it. Your life, family…. and even woodworking projects.
Told you, you’d think I was a mad man!
-- If you learn a lot from your mistakes then I must be a freakin' genius!