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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 12-12-2012 04:11 PM 641 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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12-12-2012 04:11 PM

This is from Rogue, an LJ. The teaser starts on his home page, the balance on his Wordpress blog:

“In this world of 4gs, Ipads, and Jpegs, we have more power than ever before. Never has it been so easy for an artist to share their work regardless of distance. I can contact a customer hundereds or even thousands of mile away. We can design an original piece via email, and I can have it delivered to their door without the client having to leave the comfort of their home. Wow! Sure beats the heck out to the old days. In Renaissance times, if the King of France wanted you to carve a sculpture or paint a ceiling, you were probably moving to France for the rest of your life. Technolagy has surely added power to our creativity.

However, in the eternal words of Spiderman’s uncle Ben, “With great power comes great resposibility.” It has been proven throughout histoy that when things get more powerful, they get easier, when things get easier they lose their importance. This has never been more true than now! I spend the good part of every project soothing the beaten and broken confidence of my client. Grant it, the earings, long hair, and dew rag can be off-putting. But almost everyone has had their trust broken by a craftsman at some point. This breach of trust is almost always due to the craftsman not being dedicated to his or her work.

There’s commitment in that long trip to France. The artisans of yesterday knew what commitment to their work was like. And, though we don’t have to travel hundreds of miles in a horse-drawn carriage to work day and night for the King, the quality of our work should still show that dedication and honesty.

In fact, it’s the opinion of this maker that the ease of today’s communication gives us a great opportunity, the chance to make those we create for more a part of our work than ever before. I find it thrilling that, not only do I get to spend all day doing what I love, but I also get to share what I’ve been doing in pictures and updates with excited clients! What a joy it is to bring them into the shop via cyberspace and let them take part in the thrill of making right along with me.”

If you have other philosophical quotations or insights that help us step back and look and what we do and how we do it, that stimulate the flow of positive energy and creativity, that give you a pleasant twinge whenever you read them, Please share!



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 12-12-2012 04:24 PM

I have not started sending pictures of construction to my customers, but I know a few that do and the customers love it! Still on my to do list.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-12-2012 04:25 PM

Well said Lee
It is a different world than years gone by, sometimes I think that’s good and sometimes not but either in days gone by or present day we still have the joy of creating and the joy of woodworking.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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