Sunday, September 18, 2011

Trials, pitfalls & learning curves


These redwood projects have been a challenge for both myself & my wonderful helping husband. While we both have a very creative mind, we may not always have enough knowledge to equal the creativity.

The Visions I have for these trivets & soap dishes are so clear in my mind. I can clearly see the finished products in all their beauty. As we go along in this creative process, we are both learning that alterations may be needed. Plans may need to be changed. Visions may be altered. Finished products may look different than those first Visions.

We are both working on these with tools we already have & our own muscle. We first sliced wood at a friend’s house (because we really had no way of doing that here), but to avoid having to go back there for each step, we have been working with what is here, at home. And the knowledge we have here, at home.

You would think this would not present much of an issue. And at first it did not. But somewhere along the line, something happened. It’s funny actually, to think about it. Somehow, lines were just a bit off, angles were just a bit off & there was no fixing them.

So, we’ll have some imperfections. We’ll have some ‘creative’ lines perhaps… but the shimmering beauty of these pieces & the mesmerizing knot work will still shine thru! That is part of the beauty of handcrafted right? The uniqueness & imperfections of each piece? There is no doubt that these did not come off some assembly line in China.

Oh, we're excited too, to have found feet for the trivets. They will be made from slices of recycle wine corks! I played with slicing them this morning & it will work great!

3 comments:

TexasEagle said...

Thanks so much for sharing your creative journey. For me, the trip is sometimes more exciting than the finished project.

Barbra said...

Can't wait to see them! Love the updates.

TheNeedleHouse said...

Sounds like you have quite a project on your hands. How nice of your husband to be helping you.