Inspiration and where do you get it?

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Blog entry by degoose posted 05-24-2009 09:38 AM 1658 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a bit of frivolity.
I get much of my inspiration from the first two tools I bought.
The fridge is 23 years old .. bought it when I got married. It got a little rusty just like me and when I was re painting one of the rooms in the house I splashed a quick coat on the old fridge. The chair is not quite so old but is also well used.

I sit and think and sometimes drink. This has not often failed me.

I took a coupla pics of my inspitational chair and inspirational fridge for Ellen. I hope they inspire you as they have me.
Tell me where you are inspired!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 05-24-2009 10:18 AM

Absolutely hilarious!! I needed that little boost while working the graveyard shift. And the more I think about it, this is not a simple topic. It’s pretty deep. Or I’m just shallow enough that it seems deep to me.

My inspirations first came along with the tools. I inherited a radial arm saw from my step-Dad and looked for ways to use it. I then went out and got a band saw. Once I had that I had to look for ways to put that to use as well.

The band saw opened up a world I was not expecting, the world of woodworking books! Combined with my Amazon addiction, I read like a mad-man getting inspired by all the ideas contained therein.

It tended to snowball after that point. Luckily my brother-in-law was also interested in trying new woodworking ideas and we started working together. Shortly therafter I talked a good friend of mine into trying a few tricks with the band saw and I got him hooked! Great, now I not only have the disease, I’m a carrier!!

I fear the snowball has too much momentum at this point and I’m stuck for life. It’s a good stuck though and occasionally I sell a piece and get re-invigorated all over again.

In a similar vein to degoose though, I can often be found standing by my workbench, staring at a piece of wood, waiting for inspiration to strike. These are usually the times I get odd looks from my wife (come on, you all know “the look”) when she walks out into the garage and sees me standing there, lost in thought. Shortly after “the look” comes “the head shake” as she walks back into the house, usually reciting “the mutter” about what a nut I am.

She always says “He doesn’t go out drinking and chasing women. I know exactly where to find him, in the garage.”

It’s a beautiful life!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#2 posted 05-24-2009 11:33 AM

I’m a big fan of Zen Napping. :)

-- 温故知新

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#3 posted 05-24-2009 11:40 AM

Dr GW I have a pink belt in origami!
I have not napped in the inspirational chair.. yet..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 05-24-2009 12:14 PM

My father is/was my inspiration. When he was with us, I would regularly turn up at his place with a project in mind. We would toss it around and then make a start. Then a week or month or so later, I would come back ready to start again only to find he had finished it.
This was great, except I didn’t get to see the process through. When I lost my dad, wood working lost its appeal.
But then I thought, I enjoyed it so much I just had to find that joy again. So I started building stuff (quite poorly) but everything I built has stayed together so it cannot of been that bad. Quite often the skills I had determined what got built. Sometimes it was a matter of need it, build it.
Now it is about what is going to teach me the most. During the classes I have been taking, I built a hall table. So now I am building another one at home to practice the skills. This one is going to be different (of course) and I am intending to incorporate a drawer.
The result of all this is a I have list of projects in my head that I keep reprioritising. Not being able to get stuck in (due to the need to earn a living) is a bit frustrating. Hopefully it is teaching me a bit of patience.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#5 posted 05-24-2009 01:10 PM

Now that fridge is really inspirational! It looks like a throwback to the 60’s…my generational time!
As for the chair…yikes…it would inspire me to build a new one!
My inspiration comes from books, then websites, then looking at something and thinking…I can make it – only different – with my stamp on it.
I’m still too new to this to really do something wild and wayyyy outside the box…but you are teaching me Larry!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 05-24-2009 01:13 PM

No fun to be found in the box!!
Th fridge is from the 80’s and the chair is comfortable.,.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 05-24-2009 01:50 PM

the scrap lying around the bandsaw !
first i make more scrap playing around ,
then figure out a way to make a jig to do it better .
then you got to figure how to frame it ,
and maybe add some highligts .
how about making a door out of it?
now i need a house to hang the door in .
now i got to build a shop to keep all that scrap in ,
wow , look at the way those pieces ,they would look good…......

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 05-24-2009 01:59 PM

Works for me.. David.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 05-24-2009 02:04 PM

My inspiration seems to some to me while sitting in a chair also. Unfortunatly the chair is usually the drivers seat of the company work truck when I’m on a long drive to a job site or on my way to a service call. Sometimes though it is when I’m sitting in front of the BBQ watching the smoke and listening to the sizzle of the meat, with a beverage in hand of course!

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#10 posted 05-24-2009 02:48 PM

My inspiration came from the ship building industry by watching Craftsman turning blank boards into beautiful boats.

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#11 posted 05-24-2009 02:51 PM

I’ve got a little mini fridge in the upper room of the shop. This is where I do my veneering, pen turning and sitting in an old office chair (Non Swivel) but a comfortable chair.

I’ve got a better desk chair in the office of the shop where the computer is located. I have internet into the shop and also cable, but have never hooked up a tv as of yet.

I usually get my inspirations from seeing something at hand, or a need that has been suggested to me. I then go from there.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 05-24-2009 05:49 PM

A 25 year old refrigerator! The one in our house is older than that.

How long has Montgomery Wards been out of business?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 05-24-2009 08:17 PM

I got a lot of my inspiration off the computer and in books.

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#14 posted 05-24-2009 09:59 PM

Hey, I’ve got an old Crosley electric refrigerator, that still works, in my party house.
It’s right next to the bar, I mean “Inspiration Altar.”

Now all I need is a Zen Napping Chair.

-- 温故知新

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Don Butler

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#15 posted 05-25-2009 02:36 PM

Frequently, my inspirations come just before I awake. Of course, that’s not reliable because they can be very impractical.

So I look at what other people are doing. Not to copy, but to expose myself to new techniques, new technology, new materials, new ideas.

And then there’s the material itself.
If I have a piece of material that I just can’t throw away, something that tells me (it speaks) it will be beautiful someday, I keep it around. Then I will come across it and it will speak again. (No, I’m not halucinating, just having a small communication with it.) Finally it will come to me and I’ll make something of it.

But, practicality is often the master of the project.
SWBMT (She Who Buys Me Tools [and she just did it again, a new Grizzly bandsaw, on the truck as we speak]) will ask for something such as a cabinet, a table or a wall shelf, and inspiration has to follow practical design. It has to work and fit, first, and then beauty and art come after.

SWBMT is my greatest source of inspiration. She’s put up with me for 48 years as of Wednesday, and that is beauty in itself. Here’s to her!


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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