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Blog entry by thatwoodworkingguy posted 05-26-2010 07:28 AM 8406 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever struggle to come up with a new and interesting design?
Have a perfect board your scared to use because you dont want to making into just another soap dish?
This is where you need to use every resource possible.
Ideas can come from many places. Look around you. Everyday and every moment we are surrounded by a geometric shape of some sort. In actuality our furniture and woodworking projects are nothing my then pretty geometric shapes.
Observe whats around you. trees, buildings, cars, landscapes and the list go’s on.
All of these things can be used to draw out new design points in your work.
Another great avenue for inspiration for your work is to look through books. I was at boarders and decided to flip through a Victorian design book. The wealth of shapes and paterns in this book was endless.
It only takes one thing to spark a new design point so look around and keep your eyes peeled you never know when that spark will come.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#1 posted 05-26-2010 09:40 AM

Agreed… Small, large or somewhere in betwen there are projects that will come to you if you and you will enjoy if you put everything else out of your mind such as failure in what you are doing just enjoy and let the creative juices flow. Work the wood…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 05-26-2010 01:38 PM

I have to admit that sometimes I will be reluctant to try something with an interesting piece of wood for fear that I might make a mistake that would result in that wood being mostly kindling in the end. It is not the lack of ideas, but the fear of making a mistake that prevents me from trying. I have finally come to a new conclusion. While some kinds of wood can be quite expensive, none of it is truly Cheap, except for things like free pallet wood or if you have the ability to mill your own trees, store the wood, and be patient enough to allow it to dry properly. In other words, if the cost of the wood, keeps you from working the wood, don’t work wood at all. It is all going to cost. I have determined to buy the best wood I can afford. Take advantage of deals when I can, but most of all, keep at it and learn and develop my skills.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 05-26-2010 01:56 PM

My shop floor is littered with the souls of my failed woodworking attempts. I like to think because of the psychic sawdust on my shop floor, my future musings and efforts are strengthened.

Screwing up a build , ruining a good piece of wood is an important part of a craftsman’s ever improving skill set. Challenge yourself and when you fail, post-mortem your failure and learn from it. Then celebrate your failure and move on.

Oh and for me the peace and mental quiet of gardening stimulates my sub concious nuerons just enough to help me pop out some ideas later. No Fear!

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#4 posted 05-26-2010 05:12 PM

Another place to find design Ideas look at the antique furniture category on e bay


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#5 posted 05-26-2010 07:23 PM

Excellent idea!

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#6 posted 05-26-2010 11:16 PM

And don’t forget LJ’s – another source of inspiration!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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