My two great loves, as I have said previously, are wood
and turning. I also make Antique style furniture and restore
Antique furniture for cash but turning I do for the pure fun and
enjoyment of doing it. OK, if I sell piece along the way fine,
but thats not important to me, it is putting a piece of wood
on the lathe with not the faintest idea of the final shape I will
get which is the attraction.
I suppose the effort, care, frustration and satisfaction is what its.
I was asked by a client a while back to make a Refectory Table.
8ft long. She gave me the exact dimensions. and I built the table.
Solid Elm, Turned legs, and instead of wooden pegs to hold
the mortise and tennon joints together I used large square
horse shoe nails and then burnished the tops of them
Weighed a ***y ton!.
When I delivered it we found that whilst she had measured the
width of the door wrong and the table would not go into the
house. The following conversation went something like this.
"Oh dear, could you take it to pieces" she said.
"Dont be ridiculous, what do you think it is flat pack
furniture?" I snapped, "Look if you wont that table the only
way you will get it in is to take the window frame out of the house.
If you dont wont it IL keep the ***y thing myself".
She sent her husband to get tools and they took the window out.
Took them most of the day but they got that table in.
They love that table, I see it often and it gets polished and loved.
You see they just didn't buy it, they worked, got dirty, and put
effort into getting it.
Turnings like that. You can throw money at it but that wont get
you the satisfaction of saying "I worked for that".
By the way, If anybody feels like pulling up a chair for a chat
Except as a last resort.