Monday, April 22, 2013

Documenting the Work

Documenting what we produce as Makers is as important as creating!



Sometimes that is a great challenge. Equipment and space are crucial to getting the results we desire.

I often am so exhausted after a job that I forget to take photos altogether. I have forgotten so many times that I now give myself a reward when I remember! Then there are those times when I take a thousand shots and not one of them are truly representing what I see before me. No matter what, taking the photos has it's own ups and downs. If you can afford to hire a photographer then by all means do! Give them plenty of notice when you think you will be ready for them. Good communication goes a long way! If you find a good photographer you can afford, their work can give your work a power boost!



Sending a project off into the world requires letting go. Taking the photos myself helps me golf this transition. I get to look over every aspect of the work and glorify the best view, that place where you have to stop in your tracks, stunned for a second or two, appreciating.

Now is the time to let the work speak for itself. You will no longer be its voice.

How do you feel when you complete a project at work?

This used to be a time of depression for me. I had so much of myself wrapped up in each project I forgot to take care of myself. I forgot that if I weren't paying attention I could actually feel as though some of me was gone when the project was out the door. I was left with a bunch of clean up, organization an empty shop and a hole in my heart. It was hard to pick up and start something new. I'd wallow around a while and then before I knew it, I'd be all jazzed about my next project

Isn't it interesting that creating mirrors life itself? 

What's your next project?


Dresser, Headboard, Reading Lights, Storage Cubbies, Charging stations, Jewelry Drawer, Bedside Tables (with pull outs), Bookshelves and Drawers . . . this pieces of furniture is fully loaded!

Over 8' long this modern dresser does it all!

I even built custom, recessed, adjustable reading lights into the headboard!
That's what custom furniture is all about Baby!



















Many thanks to Bob and Anne for hiring me to build this beautiful highly functional furniture!


Fully Loaded-Far Out-Furniture!


check out my post titled "Documenting Our Work" to read more about this furniture


Made from American Cherry this is a Dresser which incorporates a headboard and more. The clients who commissioned me to build this have a bed in the middle of their room with a four sided vaulted ceiling reaching its peak in the center. As you can see this is much more than any old headboard. It is also a dresser, two bedside tables, reading lights, bed cubby holes (at the top of the pillow area), and it is a wire chase for any electronics you may want to store in the cubbies. I might as well add that the headboard on top is a sculpture.  Stay tuned! Today was photo day so I have many photos to filter through and work on. I will doctor up the background on the pic here and remove the wheels from the dollies! :-)

This measures about 8' 4 1/2" in length, aprox 28" deep and under 5' in total height.

Commission me to build your next furniture!

Little Flame

Little Flame
Prize winner in the NWFW 30th Annual Box Show! SOLD