Oh, there's more. Take a good look at my Avatar. Different one from the old one and changes made. AND I also figured out how to put the same one on my phone, and it looks great.
Got a metal project out in the shop, been sitting for several years. To properly finish it need an engraving vise, so I can use files on it. Had planned on making one, had an old bowling ball for it. Then the younger son 'borrowed' it, to go bowling he said. Some time later asked about it. "What bowling ball?", was the answer I got, so gave up on that. Used to be able to get old, beat up, bowling balls on craigslist, so decided to get one or two. Cheapest is now $15-20. No way am I paying money like that, plus the cost of a small vise. So planned to knock together a simple one-time use lathe and turn a ball from glued layered wood. Then figured too hard to get a really round ball, but knew I could make one that looked like an egg plant that would work. Then decided too much time and work. Then got a mention of a salad bowl. Had the answer in about 30 seconds. Got a salad bowl, some scrap metal in the bottom, then cement (about $2.40 for a bag). If the concrete will come out, use construction adhesive to hold it in, then adhesive a circle of wood on top. Couple of short chunks of thick angle iron, drill matching holes thru each, then two holes in one to screw it to the wood. Short bolts thru the matching holes, two wing nuts, and viola, a working engraving vise for a total cost of around $3. Being as I have no plans for any engraving, this will do just what I want it for.
There is actually more. But some, if not all, of this stuff hasn't crossed my mind for weeks, months, or in at least one case, years. Then just popped up.
I am told I do have some advantages over most people.
I can picture this stuff, in my mind.
I can picture this stuff in color, in my mind.
I can move this stuff to get views from different angles, in my mind.
Personally, I think more people could do things like this in their minds if they tried. I've tried to get a number of people to try doing it, but the answer is always, "I can't do that". Actually, I do not know if these things are something I could always do, or if they started, or more definite, after I started doing meditation in the late '60s/early '70. I know that I could draw well from the time I was little.
And, have some project solutions that are not on paper, but still in my mind. And some projects still working on, in my mind also. Once I figure out what I want will just make them. Ah yes, just recalled - I need some strips of flexable material, about 1/16" by 1/16" (yes, the numbers are correct), to complete a project that I need to finish another project, that I need to finish yet another project. Wire, or even string, would work - except they are both round. I think I will have to eventually get some rubber gasket material, and cut strips from that, with an exacto knife, then super glue the strips in place.
I do not recall copying anything as is, I always make changes, on the other hand very seldom see anything I want to copy. I do make a partial exception with folding furniture - those I do follow the main components to insure the furniture will actually fold as intended, but do make shape changes in unessential areas (back, arms, legs, etc.), as well as decorations. I much prefer saving photos, and designing something from them.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.