Workin’ it Out
As you guys can see, I am starting to figure out how to get pictures into the blog. I am pretty jazzed about this.
Crackin’ Me Up!
I got back online tonight after my family went to bed and I bust out in laughter upon seeing the responses to my efforts. You guys are great. I hope to meet everyone someday.
The best $100 I ever spent was on the Apple One on One training so that I could get things going on the computer. I get 1 hour once a week to have someone tutor me in the ways of the mystical Apple methods.
My first priority was to get my website going. That alone made the computer worth every dollar spent.
Today’s session was the first opportunity that I had to ask about copy and pasting photos and text to LJ. Time was short and my Apple guy had to speed read the directions for LJ. Every site has a slightly different way to type in the code evidently, that is why I typed it in a little different.
Another issue with the copy command was addressed when we checked a preference setting and found that it was turned off. That is why I could not make it work, even when I was following directions.
I have been working quite a bit the last two weeks in particular. I have even been working on Sundays. I did just finish a fantastic frame that I built to display a woven metal sculpture for my best clients, the Coopers here in Ohio.
My work days have been long. Then I spend my evenings working on my website and marketing until the wee hours of the morning.
My wife asked me the other day if I missed her. I told her, “No offense honey, I don’t have time.”
Of course the truth is I miss her tremendously and my dogs Cookie and Bella too.
If you wonder what it is like to be a professional woodworker, you guys are getting a glimpse of the reality of it here. I am sure that you may get a good picture of the life from Marc DeCou as well.
Honestly, I love it. I had deadlines to meet by this weekend, extras popped up, and I managed to pull through with fantastic designs and great finished products.
Working for yourself is not about time off, it’s about being in control, making the decisions, and bearing the burden of responsibility for success and failure. There is a direct relationship of effort input to the business and my success.
Many of the same feelings of excitement, stress, fear, and euphoria are not unlike what I have experienced as a rock climber, kick boxer, and soldier. I am still an adrenaline junkie at the heart of it all.
Answers to Your Questions:
The table pictured in the blog has a top 4’ wide by 6’ 6” long (I think). Going to the full 8’ length seemed too big for my space. A 6’ table top length is nice because an 8’ sheet will not flip up on you after it goes through the saw.
I clean my shop everyday that I use it. A quick blast of air into the cubbies keeps them cleaned out pretty good. Every couple of weeks I will do a good “deep cleaning” through the shop.
Some people say that I am anal retentive. I prefer to say that I care.
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com