Woodworking in america 2013 conference,project plan business case projekt,small handmade wood projects 8th - Try Out

24.08.2015
I thought some of you might like to see the results of another contest that I have chaired for a number of year.
DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. Someone, a far more skilled craftsman than I, figured out that he could either pretend he didn't see it, or not finish the job on time. Part of being a master craftsman is understanding that making something, getting it done, getting to the next step, is sometimes far more important than perfection.
The number of woodworkers, especially beginners, I know who spend more time obsessing on the correct angle for sharpening a tool, instead of just sharpening the tool and over time trying different ways is pretty high. This Friday and Saturday - October 18th and 19th, we will be in Cincinatti at Woodworking In America (WIA).
This doesn't mean that the craftsman in the case and his crew were sloppy or incapable of perfection - all the rest of the woodwork is awesomely perfect - he just knew that part of being a professional is knowing when he was beat. They tell me that "I want to start off doing it right" but the problem is that by the time they have read everything, considered everything, they are just too exhausted to do anything. Making stuff is both extremely satisfying, you get what you want, but also extremely frustrating.


My staff do a tremendous amount of graphic and functional input, but I do all the actual coding.
The smart ones amongst us deal with it by complaining loudly in the shower and try to dwell on the good stuff. They can't find satisfaction in making things the best they can, and getting satisfied in the success. Their premise is that it is far more important to get stuff done, even messily, than not do it at all. Maker Faire didn't teach them how to be a master craftsman but I hope it inspired thousands to use hands and brains to do some fun stuff. There are two major monumental doors to the room, the main entrance and a side door that goes into a corridor that leads to the bedroom of the master's wife. He also made the correct assumption that except for the architect and a half dozen craftsmen on the job, nobody would notice and the chances of the client noticing were near zero. Consequently, this past month at Maker Faire in Flushing we saw all sorts of projects, from things that manage to breath fire without out making the park explode, to electronic and wooden constructions of all kind.
Both doorways are framed with huge crown molding, and at the top of the walls are more crown that are mitered into the door frames.


But I am constantly discouraged by the stuff that doesn't work the way it should in my mind's eye. But at least with bought furniture they can blame a distant manufacturer for their unhappiness. Some projects have better fit and finish than other projects but they are share one thing in common: They mostly work!!
Here the stress is on skill building, because as makers if we don't reach higher all the time, we won't ever be able to produce what we see in our mind's eye. We ignore the ooh and aahs of our family as we are wondering when we will be able to get that small dent that only we know about out and when we can put a better finish on the piece. If you look closely someone must have miscalculated something and one side of the wall crown molding hits the door frame molding at the wrong spot.
And stop by our booth, check out our wares and pick up a FREE, made in USA, tool to take home with you (while supplies last).



Black coffee table with glass top
Diy furniture wood pallets
Cabinet making drill bits


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