Evolution #6: Making stuff...

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Blog entry by StevenAntonucci posted 12-15-2010 08:03 PM 5549 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As an artisan, I am starting to realize that I just like making stuff. Even more so, I don’t really feel fulfilled unless I am making things.

I think that this has slowly been brewing in my subconscious for a number of years. As a woodturner, I started buying tools to turn with. Later on, I developed an interest in hollow turning, and a lot of these tools are much better suited to be homemade instead of purchased (costs, customization, convenience…) I made tools because I NEEDED to make tools to complete a project.

This lead me to have to acquire some basic metal working skills. Since they were tools that were going to be used for a particular task, I didn’t really care how they worked, only that they worked well for their intended purpose. Over time, I started taking a little more time in crafting these tools because it cost me nothing much to make them much better looking with the same level of performance. The tools became projects unto themselves.

The thing that snuck up on me was that I don’t realy care WHAT I am making anymore. I just enjoy making things. I was working on a spoon the other day, and I needed a hook knife to carve the bowl, so I put down the spoon blank and started making a knife. While I sat there looking at the other hook knives I have made, I had this epiphany- I am no longer a turner.

I am a maker of things.

-- Steven

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#1 posted 12-15-2010 08:38 PM

You are someone who enjoys making things, without that enjoyment the tools are just tools, because you
enjoy making them, you craft them to look better. Some people go through life working and making
different things, while never enjoying it. This makes for a very sad life, now that I am retired and can
play in the workshop full time, I am enjoying life a lot more. The old Latin saying “Mens sana in corpore sano”
A sound mind in a sound body, is very truthful. You have to use both the mind and the body to be really
happy. I am glad that you have discovered what you are.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 12-15-2010 11:43 PM

Productive creativity breeds a very satisfied individual. And how grand life is when you can share your creativity with others!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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