Yesterday, I took the table from the garage and into the house dining area of the new kitchen. I was pretty thrilled and I am glad I was. Why am I glad? It never left me, that the thrill of delivering a new piece, no matter where, is just an amazing morale booster that cannot be replicated by making that big sale, depositing mere money into a pension pot or competing in any sports event you care to name, and the experience of it is self-evident through the years to come. The nine or so pieces I made last year for the living room still give me the satisfaction of knowing I designed them and made them.
The table came together very neatly and the concepts in the design were elements I had never seen elsewhere, so, yes, my contribution to the design world of furniture making replete with fox-wedged tenons to the diagonal laminated bracings, etc had the clean lines I wanted. I started to clean up the garage ready for the next obvious thing and that is the chair design I need to go with the dining table. The juices are flowing through my brain and I feel a little fidgety.
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I have swept and put tools back. Still, a little way to go, but nearly there. I should mention here that making the furniture for the house goes under the name Sellers’ home. It’s pretty radical to take a house, gut each room and then make every stick and stem of wooden furniture to enjoy as a family. Here’s the link for you to dive in and see what we do.