Grumpy Old Man
Hi Forum Fraternity,
Now being retired and having loads of unnecessary time on my hands I found myself at a loose end due to lack of wood through lack of funds and as a result found myself trying to engage myself with witty conversation involving my wife. My god she said you must be bored out of your mind. I am I said I am desperate. Why donít you go and annoy these guys at the router forum was her last retort as she steered me out of the living room. Thatís just what Iíll do, so lads it was either her or you and guess who lost.
Now here in the UK we have a programme called Grumpy Old Men where celebrities sit and moan and groan about every aspect of life that affects them or not. I have therefore taken inspiration from this programme, so where to start.
My first gripe is Repetition
The phrase I hate to hear most is; I love that! Can you make me one? I like the opening comment but the second part, not so much. I belong to a breed of crafts person, and I use that term as regards to myself loosely, that hates repetition. Once my project is completed thatís it, I do not wish to make another dozen identical stools etc. Why because there is a certain amount of enjoyment in producing an item that you are proud of, but for me it is not the end product of your labours, itís how you get there, itís the planning, sourcing materials, working out the best way as to how to proceed, dreaming up and making jigs, making mistakes, in my case lots of them. When I have completed my project I feel like every other woodworker as I look at it. Proud. Yes. Could have done better. Yes. Altered this, angled that and so on, therefore is the first one the prototype, the one that gets you to where you want to go with your project. I donít know. All I know is that if someone who didnít know my abilities asked me to make a dining room table and six chairs and the very fact that they asked me I would have to assume they were clueless about my abilities. My first reaction would be I will make you a table and one chair, the thought of another five would drive me batty as all the thought processes would be in chair number one with little or no pleasure in the other five. My only way out of the situation would be to look at chair number one as the prototype and try to improve on the successive chairs hoping to get it right by chair six. I could just imagine the look on the faces of the people who asked me to create the dining suite i.e. a lovely round table with six eclectic chairs around the table, each one with its own individuality which sets itself apart from the rest in my endeavours to improve it. As they stood there gob smacked with mouths hanging slightly ajar as I asked them which chair do you think I finally got rightÖÖ Mouths still hanging open.
The more I analyse my attitude the more I must assume that I have to stick to bespoke one off projects as this writing process has allowed me to understand my reluctance to repeat a project i.e. I have just figured out that being retired and sixty plus years I canít remember how I made the first one.
Somewhere in Scotland I think!
If anyone out there wants any more gripes just let me know before I forget them