What would (fill in the blank) do?
I get my inspirations from several sources, depending what I am going to build and design. It could be from anyone of the big names like Maloof, Nakashima, or it could be a fellow LJ member. This comes in handy for motivation as it proved awhile back.
I was looking for an attractive drawer pull for a project and out of all the sources (on line, too) out there I could not find one I liked or looked good in the design element of the project. After some frustration I headed home from the big box store and thought to myself, “What would Maloof do?” In that same second I realized he would make his own. Reality smacked my forehead and I kicked myself for not thinking this before I even started looking for ones I could buy. Hey, sometimes it is just more convenient time- wise and even cost-wise to go buy the things already done for you no matter what your level of skill is. But all the same, I felt foolish for not already having it my frame of mind to make my own. Sorta like deciding what to eat sometimes, I guess. I grill a mean steak but sometimes I just feel like having it done for me.
So, next time you ponder a problem that comes up in the shop, take the time to think what your inspirations would do. It might just take you down a new path and make you a better woodworker in both skill and confidence. Plus it feels good to know you made it yourself, even if it is not your own original design.
-- " 'woodworker'.....it's a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof