I’ve had the privilege (or misfortune, to be more precise), to spend much of my working life in crafts. Woodworking, silver and gold smithing, wood turning and carving, furniture building and restoration, and so on. I call it a privilege because it is sheer joy to build something well. But for me it was a misfortune, because I never made enough money to turn a profit for all of the hours I put into each job. I’m just that good a craftsman, and that bad a businessman, I guess.
So now I’m a writer, and a businessman. The only difference I can see between being a good craftsman and a lousy businessman and and being a good writer and a lousy businessman is that I don’t sweat as much, or drive my hammer onto my thumb quite as often. Actually, that’s a real improvement in my quality of life.
I miss all of my lovely tools, and my workshop, and my dreams. I do, really. But at my age I have to at least appear to be starting to grow up. Maturity sucks, if you ask me.
So I’ve taken many of the photographs of my work over the years and put together a Photo Gallery on my web site. I’ve added a bit of commentary on the pieces I’ve made, or restored, and I’ll probably expand that once most of the photographs are in place. It’s about half done, now.
So, log on to www.garyshowalter.com and click on the Photo Gallery. There are three or four sections there, now. Let me know what you think.
We’ll get back to more serious stuff later in the week. I’ve got a book to finish.
Have a good week