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Blog entry by xylosapiens posted 09-09-2009 10:52 PM 1987 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although all my previous designing, my efforts to get the piece of furniture to the very best end I can, usually met lots of minor cuestions to be solved, before finishing the job to my complete satisfaction. And this is the reason why the work sticks to the bench towards the end. Actually I’m never 100% satisfy. That’s the price I pay for the personal discoverys that represent my designs. Others don’t find it that much important, but it is a personal matter. In fact, I don’t design for others: I design for me and try to convince the client about the convenience of my ideas. Sometimes it works, : ). I think, this isn’t a very recommendable philosophy for business.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#1 posted 09-09-2009 10:58 PM

looks interesting . what do you call it a desk ,dresser ? what kind of finish are you going to use.

-- gagewestern

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#2 posted 09-09-2009 11:07 PM

It is a ¿counter?: a piece of furniture, with two drawers and two shelters, for containing certain small health and beauty products in the workshop of a therapeuthist, and a desk, to keep some small elements and to provide a surface to write and dispatch. I think I’ll wax it.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#3 posted 09-09-2009 11:09 PM


-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#4 posted 09-09-2009 11:11 PM

nice and unusual modernistic design well made Alejandro.You have the same name as me Alistair is Scottish for Alexander.LOL well done again

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 09-09-2009 11:14 PM

Alejandro – Was that lost post to make a point?:)

I am like you. I design and make the piece to satisfy me. I try to sell the client on it. Then my expression, or a piece of me is in their possession.

It’s an artist thing.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 09-09-2009 11:35 PM

Thank you, Alistair, I didn’t know it.
Dear Tod, that post was an error: I tried to remove it but I couldn´t. I hope nobody imagines strange things, although it looks ¿curious?.
Yes, it is a piece of me: in fact, when I met a client after long time I usually ask about my “children”.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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Ed Elizondo

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#7 posted 09-10-2009 12:22 AM

Alejandro, I think that what you say, that you design something that you are satisfied with and then try to sell to the client is something that I think keeps alot of us from being successful in the business. Unfortunately we tend to go more to what the client wants when we are first starting out in business. We have to pay the bills if we are full time woodworkers and this is our only source of income. I think I remember Sam Maloof saying that he did things that were a neccessity to pay the bills, Once he was established and started putting his work out, the demand was for his creative intution and they trusted him to design for them. Your work is very good and I think that you don’t have a hard time selling your designs. Good Luck to you. Ed E.

-- Ed E. " Taking one board at a time "

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#8 posted 09-10-2009 12:50 AM

Thank you, Ed.
Several years ago, at one of the very first fairs I took part, I saw an old sir that visited my stand three or four times and remained there for nearly an hour each time. Curious I spoke with him and he told me he was the retired owner of several quality furniture stores in San Sebastián and Santander, in the north of Spain. He imported furniture froom all over the world and he found my furnitures very interesting. In his opinion, I was working at the wrong place and I should move near any big city to find the appropriate clients for my work. It encouraged me to keep working, but moving away with three little childrens isn’t easy. But I keep his advice still in mind, specially in this hard times. There must be something I’m doing really bad to find myself in such an unconfortable situation: I had to close my workshop a month ago after twelve years and things don’t look too good. But …, let us keep trying. Somebody wrote in an other entrance, that perhaps it was time to move to somewhere else.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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