52 Weeks

Currently I have one commission to finish up as well as one more table to build, also a commission. It has been a long time since I’ve only had one job on deck. For a while I was worried. I’m not sure why. Perhaps because I was concerned about not having to run around my shop finishing work that I’ve been hired to complete. 

However now, after some thought, I’m excited by the idea of not having to build anything in particular. I’ll get to build the things I want to build and on my own time. Maybe I’ll even have the option of building something I can pick up with one hand. 

So as a result I think I’m going to do a 52 week challenge of sorts. 52 weeks of bowls, boards and boxes. Each week, once I finishing up these last commissions, I’ll make either a bowl a cutting board or a box of some kind. Already I can see the bowls becoming more of a loose description for vessels, vases and other bowl like art pieces. But “Bowls, Boards and Boxes” sounds better than “Bowls (including vessels, vases and various bowl like art pieces), Boards, and Boxes.”

This will be great. Each project is pretty small compared to the things I’m used to building. I’ll get to flex my design muscles a bit more and I’m pretty sure I can turn out a small project each week without using up too much of time away from my wife and the kids. I’ll also have the opportunity to try out new techniques and hone some skills that I normally don’t have the opportunity to use. 

Of course at the end of the 52 weeks I’ll have a large collection of bowls, cutting boards and boxes. I’ll have to figure out what to do with all of them. Have suggestions?  Leave them in the comments for me. 

I’ve also been toying with the idea of building an acoustic guitar. That’s a topic for a different post though. 

What do you think of this new idea? Have you ever presented yourself with a similar challenge?  How’d it go?

Thanks for reading!

7 Replies to “52 Weeks”

  1. That’s a real challenge, I wish you luck. I’ve never attempted anything like that so far… Building a guitar is one challenge I might eventually take on. Lots of respect for luthiers.

    1. Well I’m definitely not a luthier. I am a guitar player though. My fear is that the first guitar I build will sound like crap and I’ll get discouraged from building another. It’s not like you can just go to the shop and bang one out.

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