August 20th 2021
WABF (war against bad furniture)
As the day of Friday comes to a close I find it hard yet again to close her up. Even to sit down and begin recapping the week is difficult. There is just so much to get done still! Anyone have a similar experience? I figured so. As I took this picture I was reminded of the things we can find on the other side of set of garage doors. Some people store their cars, trucks, or trailers. Others render use of a space like this with many an animal head adorning the rim, while couches and mini fridge sit below. The classic man cave. Oh and one cannot forget the 50inch flat screen!
We on the other hand decided a different use. Not a better use per se, just different. Here we have chosen to build. In this space here I spend most of my waking hours. In this space I experience great pride and joy. In this space I find myself deeply frustrated on a regular basis. In this space I grow. I grow in patience, I grow in knowledge, and I even grow in relationships. Just last night I sat leaning against that mini fridge and had a beautiful heart to heart with the woman I will soon call my wife. The longer I spend in here the more I just grow in fondness of this place.
When the door is closed most people would just drive by and think nothing about it. Just another house with an adjacent shop. Stark is the contrast between the passerby and the craftsman in his space. One sees nothing special. The other sees unlimited potential.
Regardless of the things to get done and my desire to do them, the wind down must begin. As we (James, Jake, and the shop) say goodbye to the week and usher in the day of rest, we are again reminded that we can only do so much. That it is not in our own striving and effort that will lead to the biggest success. We must rest as even God rested one day after creating the earth. Although I would like to have added a few more things to the list of accomplishments this week much was still completed.
We started off the week delivering these beautiful babies!
The Sherman cabinets! A joy to make and a much bigger joy to deliver them and have them slide ever so perfectly under the window trim. Our clients could not have been happier. There is such a tremendous amount of joy and pride as we get to deliver a custom piece for our clients. The months of work and communication and designs and fleshing out ideas and building procedures finally culminates for us with the beaming smiles of our clients.
Also this happened
The pergola arches have arrived in our possession! A few of the feet have been cut and the welding will begin on Sunday. If you didn’t catch the last blog this is what we are building.
Powder coat black on Monday while we order the wood for the slats.
On another note the walnut book shelf began!
The finished piece will look close to this design-
Some bids and hardware installs went out this week. Also got to do a workout with a prospective client on our first meeting. A wonderful cap to meeting with an awesome future client and his family.
Hardware for a set of floating shelves went up as well.
The perfect time to choose floating shelves is before you tile!
To top it off we got 4 boards out this week. A custom board with mitered edge
With a few more pretty cool ones on the way!
We say goodbye to another great week. The shop doors are about to close and all will be silent and still for the next 36 hours. Stillness in the shop and stillness in the craftsman. As the doors roll down the shop once again disappears into something resembling the ordinary.