In case you haven’t listened to the latest episode of Wood Talk, part of the discussion with my co-hosts was in regards to books that “inspire us”. I’m not ashamed to admit it (okay, maybe a little) but I almost didn’t have any titles to share. In fact the only one worth mentioning was my copy of Jim Tolpin’s Woodworking Wit & Wisdom.
It’s not that I DON’T get inspired to create projects, because I do! When I see objects I like, I find myself deconstructing them in my mind. “What kind of material would I use?” “What joinery would work best?” “What would I add or subtract to make it fit my need?” These are just a few of the questions floating around in my head when I decide I want to build something.
Unlike so many of the artistic and creative friends in my life, inspiration isn’t something that comes easily. I have to work at it and struggle and make A LOT of mistakes along the way. Often, the final product isn’t anywhere near what the original idea started out as. Which can be both exciting and very frustrating!
In other words; for me to achieve a sense of inspiration I have to endure a great amount of perspiration, both mentally and physically.
So I’m posing a question to all of you. Where does your inspiration come from? Does it naturally ebb and flow from you like a river? Is it in the pages of a book? Is it in every piece of furniture you lay your eyes on? Or do you have to perspire like me to finally realize it?
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