Today marks the anniversary of my making it around the sun 45 times. Sometimes it seems like that number should be much higher. Other times it feels like the blink of an eye. There has been bad and good with mostly fair to middln’. I’ve learned a little along the way, gained and lost. Since my thoughts have turned retrospective and philosophical, I decided to take a hard look at the last 45 trips and set a goal for trip 46.
One thing I have learned along the way is that change is never easy. Sometimes it comes at you quick, almost instantaneous. Other times it’s comes slow and you almost don’t even notice that it has happened.
I think, IMHO, I have gained the woodworking skills to create quality items. I went a lot of years lacking the skill, tools and time to pursue woodworking in the way that I had envisioned doing so. Now that I have gained some skills, still a lot to learn, the tools and can manage the time, what do I do with this quickly mounting pile of creations.
Up to this point I’ve built things for my own use and gifted the rest. Small items are great for gifting but pieces of furniture are a different story. Furniture is a personal thing. It takes up valuable space in a home and is usually carefully considered by the homeowner. Foisting an unplanned piece of furniture on someone in the guise of a gift just doesn’t seem like good form. Since I’m driven to create and I see no way of stopping at this point, I have to find an outlet for these pieces.
So, my lofty and ambitious goal for trip 46 around the sun is to either obtain a commission for a piece of furniture or build a piece and sell it outright. How to accomplish either version is still a mystery and I have a lot of research to do on the matter.
Wish me luck or at least chuckle at my insanity.