30 projects in 30 days #5: And it begins (again)

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Blog entry by scottb posted 06-02-2009 04:04 AM 1017 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Starting this second challenge/journey, this time accompanied by two fellow jocks.
Darryl and Russel. It sure is going to be fun watching our collective progress, see what great new things come out of our shops, and hear about how this adventure shapes our woodworking journey.

Project 1/30:
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Last time I was attempting to make a sell-able piece every day. This time I’m not going to force myself to have to make something come out that perfect. Sure it gave me great practice with my pens and bottlestoppers, but it was a bit nerve wracking and it made me make “safer” choices.

Once the challenge was over, I dared step outside my comfort zone and made my first projects turned on perpendicular axes – these coffee scoops requiring spindle and bowl turning.
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In the coming days/weeks, if I am so inspired to try something else I havent tried before. Something Ive only read about, or even something I’ve never even seen yet, I’ll be willing to try, without having to have a plan B.
I’m hoping to really give my creative muse a workout this time… and who knows, maybe some odd art collector will want to buy a tri-axis bowl (with an embedded skew) that broke into a billion bits after it flew off the lathe?

Last November, I was posting on a (seemingly) now-defunct website. and the rules were simple. Make something (draw, bake, paint, write, whatever your creative outlet is) everyday for the month. Post it. (they hosted the event in April, June, Sept, and Nov)

I’m still following the spirit of the original contest, by posting a new project everyday… but I’m not requiring myself to complete something in one day… just so long as I stagger my projects so that I can complete and post one everyday. And everything is started/finished within 30 days. If it’s something I’d started before the word “go” then it doesn’t count… (I am hoping to be motivated by my progress to complete some of these 90% done projects while I’m down in the shop – you know waiting for the glue to dry, or for the brain to kick-in.) Whatever your take is on the 30 in 30,... it’s all good. Russel is working on multiple, varied projects at the same time, and will likely post en masse when he’s ready.

It’s not too late join in (granted you might have a little bit of catch-up to do) Just so long as you’re not making 30 of the same thing (cause the idea is to challenge yourself) get on board this train, and see where your creativity takes you. There’s plenty of room – and the coffee’s really good. Otherwise, sit back and relax. Next train departs, Nov 1, 2009. I’ve already booked my ticket!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 06-02-2009 05:06 AM

It’s nice to see you raising the bar on your second go around. I hate to admit that I may be taking a bit of the “safe” route in my first go around, but I do hope to through a couple of curve balls in the mix to keep it interesting.

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#2 posted 06-02-2009 05:12 AM

twas merely the “for sale” aspect that had me on that route… just committing to this process is a huge step in its own right. and like running your first marathon, mere completion should be considered a major victory.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 06-02-2009 07:17 AM

Good Luck with the challenge, a challenge like this can help you develope good and bad habits, be sure you are learning the former and forgetting the latter. I am a amateur/pro turner ( my turning supplies a significant portion of my income) although I still go to the salt mine/Car Lot dailey hense the handle. I produce mostly bowls and platters with natural edges and spend as much time slabbing big trees as turning these days and envy you for being able to turn every day. Good Luck and Best wishes Ford Mike

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#4 posted 06-02-2009 11:22 AM

One down and twenty-nine to go. Making thing “for sale” does add pressure and can strangle creativity, so leaving that aspect out should make this a more interesting trip.

-- Working at Woodworking

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