Monday, February 19, 2007
A visit from Gerry Felix
This week I have the pleasure of teaching Gerry Felix how to make a combback rocker. Gerry came last year and made a continuous arm. Last year, he had the good fortune of being here during maple syrup season. Working with a student who has been making and selling chairs for a year now is a very different experience for me. The questions are specific and the skills come a bit easier. I'll be updating his progress all week.
I have one more thing to say about my recent Where to start? Where to stop? post. My wife, Sue has been learning to make jewelry. Watching and encouraging her has reminded me of the difficulty we all face when we take on new skills. Looking at her first work, I reminded her that the things that she learned making it would ensure that she could never make another one just like it. As makers, we will always be looking to improve, but should learn to appreciate the work in front of us as a friendly marker along the way.