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Posted on Can you just "slap something together"?

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 07:06 PM

Great question Rich. Gave it some thought.

I guess I’ve reached a point in my life when I make what exactly what I want to, the way I want to make it, with the materials I want to use, and when I want to do it. I don’t make things for money, so that makes this arbitrary stance a bit easier, but when you made me think about it, that’s just the way it is. There’s a good feeling about making things that will be around a lot longer than I will. Thing is, the junk you “slap together” will be around a while too. How do you want to be seen/remembered/thought of? I don’t have enough time left to work on stuff I don’t like.

I’m hardly a perfectionist. Ask my wife. But I like the challenge of making things the best I can, and learning to ever do it better. Keeps me going working on the same box for 6 or 8 weeks. :-) Thanks for the question. It’s even helped me understand myself a bit better. Hope there is no additional charge for therapy.

So, from my viewpoint, your realization is very healthy. (Remember: “Life is hard. But, death is long.)


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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