Custom woodworking and art
Everyday I go to work and put my nail bag on much like a gunfighter puts his six-shooter on. I am a hired gun, hired out not for his opinion but for his gun. Executing the plan to the ( T ) set forth by architects,engineers,clients,designers and the like. This I have become accustomed to, although its been hard being a passionate/creative person who often looks at things from a different perspective. In my 15 + years of being a carpenter I have seen what a profession such as a carpentry can do to ones body and soul. It’s a hard job and if one is forced or chooses to be in the labor end of it and not the management end there comes a time in which your experience is less needed/wanted and your back or lack of it becomes a liability. Stay in school “your too smart for this” rings in my head. “want to bet I respond.”
Though when I first started, this profession seemed to have endless opportunities or so it seemed. Not sure if I’ve changed or just my perspective I’m willing to wager on both. A lot of the problems in the last 4 years could mainly be linked to the economy but some of it must be attributed to the growing lack of interest in products that are handmade or at least interest in paying for it. Sure there are some sub-specialties that are highly sought after but for the most part down here in Texas I don’t see it. The hipster yuppies can spend the money but usually only if it looks like it came off the pages of Dwell magazine. Which the bulk of modern design leaves me feeling sick its sterile hospital look disgust me (sorry for being so blunt.) But we are all here to make money right?
So it would seem as if I am as guilty as the gunfighter as long as the check clears it makes no difference what the target is you pick em’ I stick em’.
I have re read this post and it seems as if there is some anger. Some self-righteous bullshit and for that I apologize because I know I am blessed to even have a job so many are without and would give much to be in my shoes. This fact however does not change the way I feel and I suppose that most don’t read my post to listen to bitching for I know my hardworking brothers and sisters have many problems and many most likely make mine seem petty.
Probably this is just me blowing of some steam. Because at the end of the day learning how to (build) has made me who I am and for that I am grateful. In life some days you’re the hammer and some days you’re the nail but one has to recognize when your to often the latter.
For all your days be prepared, and meet them ever alike.When you are the anvil, bear – when you are the hammer, strike.