General musings #7: Then again, sometimes you win.

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 08-07-2012 07:29 PM 5878 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Two years on Part 7 of General musings series Part 8: Five Years! »

I wrote last year about getting stuck, no ideas, no drive and no interest.

This time its different. I’m really enjoying myself. Midway through Toxic another box idea sprang up (which I’m working on right now) and I hope to post it soon. It involves fans, feather ones, thats all I’m saying. There may be some techniques worthy of blogging with this one.

Midway through that more box and wall art ideas keep coming. I hope I can pull some of them off.

I’m also collaborating with a fellow LJ and artist, Ross, on a box.

Exciting times. So why do I feel anxious. Last year it was because I feared I’d lost interest. I could understand that. This time its because I hope it all works out and nothing gets in the way of being able to do it all; ill health (I’m not feeling 100% right now), loss of facilities (we rent, what if we have to move) money or any of a number of other things.

One thing I’m resolved to do is carry on with this stuff as long as and in any way I’m able to. The woodwork and being here on LJ’s ,with all the support I get from you lot, has made these last two years happier and more productive than any for a long time. So, whether you like it or not, I will be carrying on carrying on (ooer missus – in best Kenneth Williams voice).

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 08-07-2012 07:40 PM

Martyn your so right

These are a great bunch of Buddies

and that includes you too.

I admire your work, I enjoy it and I

try not to interpret it

So thank you for being there


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-07-2012 08:24 PM

Oh, how I understand this dilemma you are going through! I often say in my blog how grateful I am every single day. I fear I ‘gush’ about it a bit too often than others care to hear, but I have many of the same fears that you have.

We also rent. I am so happy here that I worry that our landlord will one day be tired of renters and ask us to move on. Keith talks of going closer to the city, but I like it here in the country. I grew up in the city and had my fill of it. While I will never say “never”, I am not ready for it just yet. I like the peace and quiet here and how I am able to thrive emotionally here with less stress and worry. Besides, who would want someone with three cats, a scroll saw and a lathe (not to mention our wonderful sound system we have!) Plus the rent is cheap here and all inclusive. No heat bills or electric bills or maintenance. And it’s clean. The low cost allows financial freedom and it is very easy to live within our means and not have extra pressure. Pressure=less productivity.

I think you are best off not looking at the ‘what ifs’. You will expend a lot of energy worrying about what may not ever come to be. While it is responsible to look out for the future, it is not necessary to over think the problems that may arise in the future. Take what comes your way as it comes. As Jaime said, there is a great bunch here. We are all here for each other, even if it is just a couple words of support. That could mean a lot.

I can’t wait to see what you have planned for us next! It will certainly be a treat for the senses!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 08-07-2012 08:33 PM

I also fall into a hole several times a year. But somehow we come out of it.

Keep it up and enjoy the idea flow. I’d love to see what’s going on in your thinker.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 08-07-2012 09:16 PM

Keep on keepin' on.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 08-07-2012 10:29 PM

I wish you the best of health. I have been enduring some issues for a bit as well and know that the drive to create is down the list a bit when one has to work around ill health. May the creative flow and intellect not write cheques your body can’t cash.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 08-08-2012 01:13 AM

Everyone takes their turn in the barrell…...............but we DO get outta the barrell and thats what we have to remember.

This too, shall pass !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 08-08-2012 02:20 AM

You encouraged me much more than my mind can do. The impossible was made possible. The courage in jumping to the trap where there is no turning back, the shadow that tells to do it, the twists of altering the original plan and the realisms along with it during the construction are the motivations that made us exists and exert for more. MOST OF ALL, we all conquer our FEAR… LET IT BE OVER.. Cheers,

-- Bert

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#8 posted 08-08-2012 02:42 AM


Just know that you and your work are inspiring to many LJ’s. Thanks for carrying on sir.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#9 posted 08-08-2012 05:07 AM

So many ideas… little time.
I know the feeling. Maybe we can lobby for more hours in the day.
I hope you are feeling better soon and we’re all waiting to see your next (and subsequent) creation(s).

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 08-08-2012 05:28 AM

I’m for more hours. You’ve got my vote.

Martyn, you’ve inspired many of us. We all have our days of doldrums but we get prodded by our friends. It doesn’t always have to be a ‘Project’. Design discussions are good on here too. I look forward to your next creation.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 08-08-2012 05:36 AM

I hope you get better.

I can’t wait to see the result of a colaboration between 2 very talented people.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 08-08-2012 09:50 AM

Martyn, I know where you are coming from, just keep those ideas coming as you are an inspiration to many on here.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#13 posted 08-08-2012 10:42 AM

Keep them coming Martyn.
Your a box master!
When you get loose drive, maybe think outside the box.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#14 posted 08-08-2012 09:17 PM

Glad to hear that you will be carrying on producing your wonderful and unique boxes Martyn.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#15 posted 08-09-2012 11:06 AM

What can I say Martyn?
You are a genius when it comes to the design and making of your boxes, and you are always looking to make the next box more fantastic than the last one. Now that is tough path you have set for yourself, and like all other geniuses, it comes with a price, being over anxious about the next miracle.
You have so many friends on LJs who admire you and your work, but know this, we all like to see anything you do, and it does not have to be something mind blowing every time. Also remember that there is no timetable for your creations, so relax and enjoy your woodworking and stop beating yourself up.
Many on LJs have health challenges to work around, so you are not alone. Enjoy the world around you each day, put all negative thoughts out of your mind – they are a waste of good time. Be satisfied with whatever you do, even screw-ups provide you with good knowledge and are not a failure, merely a lesson.

I hope you get to feeling better and relax. All your friends here on LJs understand, love your work, but more so love you as a person

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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