|Forum topic by Betsy||posted 07-03-2016 08:50 PM||518 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
07-03-2016 08:50 PM
My show yesterday was a bit lackluster in terms of sales. No one was doing very well – but that was probably due, in large part, to the stifling hot temperatures. So while I did have my lowest sales ever – I had a very nice conversation with a lady who I’d say was probably in her mid to late 80s. She came to the show with her son who was also a woodworker. They were both very kind and I really appreciated the son’s comments on how good he thought my boards were. But the best part of the conversation was with his mother. This lady who walks with a cane and shakes a bit, is a woodcarver and a pretty good one from the samples she was wearing. She likes little things to carve. I must admit I love to look at good carving because it’s not something I can’t do and there are so many carvers out there that can make a block of wood look alive. The intricate carvings she showed me were amazing. But what is more inspiring for me was that here is this 80+ year old lady and she’s still excited to talk about her craft and she doesn’t mind being the only woman in her carving club – which is cool in its own right. It just really made my day. It was nice enough for them to enjoy looking at my boards and talking wood – but just her obvious enthusiasm and cheerful spirit just made the whole day better – regardless of my sales totals.
i know I’m probably not conveying this well enough to do it justice – but this lady really made me feel good. Just shows me that you never know where or when inspiration will come your way. But when it does come it’s a feeling like very few others.
Just wanted to share this – just because….
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