Of the projects we post here, there is a good mix of ones we WANTED to do, and others that we HAD to do. These projects speak a lot about our style and craftsmanship, our influences and and even a little about who we are.
It recently occured to me, that the projects we choose to do – the ones we would make with an empty shop, as much free time as required, and no obligations – speak a lot more about who we are. Our interests, influences, passions and our personalites all rolled up into a project (or several).
To the lumberjocks that have posted several projects, we can see a style, and form our own impressions about their work, but as we’ve read in Dusty’s blog, we can find an entirely new and bigger story behind the work than we’d ever imagined!
A fair amount of my The List is inspired by work i’ve seen in magazines, here, and so on. Some of the more vague items on the list, come from a desire to try something new, or to re-invent something i’ve seen. I don’t know if I’ve found a “style” yet, and I can certainly say I haven’t found my “medium” and after lots of retrospection and insight I don’t know that I ever will. (And I’m fine with that.)
There have been other projects on The List, that have dropped off, loss of interest, or changes in circumstance (or technology) have made them moot. A built-in closet under the stairs to house the old computer for example. Now I’m happily working on a laptop. It’s all the computer I need. No longer do I need to chop a hole in the wall, build a rollout desk, hang a door, and get the wiring taken care of. I can focus on other things I need more.
So, fellow lumberjocks. What are your top projects that you would most like to do, if you were given a free block of time, wood, etc?