Last week, I wrote a bit about working with my neighbor, who makes the beautiful adirondack chairs. Spending time with him in his shop, honing my own skills, has me thinking about the creative aspects of working with wood.
This past Christmas, while making an axe handle for a present, I reflected on the items I have made over the years. Many are really beautiful and a kind of art. I need to remind myself that part of the fun of building something, especially out of wood, is its versatility and figuring out how to build the first one. In my case there is often much trial and error. This trial and error is often frustrating, often rewarding, and I always learn something…though remembering just how I built something years ago, is another thing all together!
Whether it’s building snowshoes, drawing comics, writing songs, hammering together the farm stand, recreating airplane parts, or building adirondack chairs, I realize that I need to be creative, challenged, and to always be learning.
I have no idea what will inspire me next…