|Forum topic by cathyb||posted 09-29-2010 08:47 AM||1542 views||0 times favorited||31 replies|
09-29-2010 08:47 AM
That’s what I said to myself, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. Here’s how that feeling of sheer dread came about:
When one of my clients ask me to come to his home and look at the furniture he wanted me to make, I jumped at the chance. I had already made his wife a desk, a rocking chair for their daughter, three tall display cases with leaded glass doors, as well as three lamps. Yes, I had proved myself and was certain that no challenge was too big for me. So when they said, “We’d like you to make this bedroom set for us”, I nodded with a smile.
That smile was covering for the sheer dread that I felt inside! I looked at that dresser and thought, “Oh, my God! How did they make that thing?” I was sure of one thing: I couldn’t let them down. I did the only thing that I could think of doing, I pulled out my cell phone and starting taking pictures. I wrote down all the measurements. I promised that their cabinets would be finished in a few weeks and was out the door.
Why do I do these things? I’d rather be in my comfort zone when I’m working. I don’t know how that dresser was made, since I wasn’t there. Although it’s not a stretch to believe that I already know the techniques used. I’ll rewire my brain and get it done. I’ll be sweating it the whole way through, but in the end I’ll be thankful for the journey. Tomorrow will be day one. I’ll let you know how it goes…....
-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com