The foot rest was a ring of wood held between the four legs' ankles, wider at the front for your feet to rest upon. The whole time I was working on it, mitering four pieces of wood together into a frame from which the foot rest would be cut, building a beautiful jig to precisely guide a router as it made the eccentric circular cutouts, and then making the cuts themselves, the whole time, I kept wondering if it would look like a toilet seat, if that would come to anyone's mind beside mine.
It occurred to Jeff Tiedeken in about 3 seconds, he managing only to slightly soften the blow by saying "I hate to say this, but it looks a little like a toilet." I do love honest friends. He scores consistently high on this measure.
I have moved on. Back, actually, to a previous design, in which the brass cross bars of the original chair are present, and an additional 5/8" brass rod encircles the front half of the chair, held aloft from the front three legs by nicely made brass stanchions. This alteration will be easy to accomplish as I have already received all of the necessary components from internet sources, having ordered them and other components for even other alternatives, all while I was sketching variations on the foot rest and trying to finalize my choice. I tried the toilet. Looked ridiculous. Now I'm making the cantilevered foot rail. I've modified the wood as required. Monday, I will get some 5/8" solid brass rod, having slightly crushed the 5/8" brass tube I had as it went through the tubing bender, enough so that it no longer passes through the stanchions. 3 days lost. Oh well.
Today I saw two rooms available for rent in two share houses. Not happy with either.
I used to live in New York City. I designed homes for the tycoons of Wall Street; Park Avenue, Scarsdale, Greenwich. It was great fun. And, after years of saving up for a down payment, I was just about to buy my own little place in Fleetwood, half an hour north of the city, when the economy fell apart. Architects are like canaries in a coal mine when the economy slows, and true to form, there were massive layoffs in firms all over the country. Devastation of the profession. So, I decided to try to find something else to do for a while. I bought a 23' school bus and I'm on the road to see if I can figure out what that might be.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
After a few days rest, I worked out a few improved jigs and so forth, and started the tall chair. In two days I have completed what took me a few weeks the first time! I see some additional streamlining I can do to get this much down to 1 day next time. Interesting. To-do list: rent room in share house (saw one from Craig's list, e-mailed another), look for part time work (met a "famous" stair builder, showed my pics and got some leads to high end contractors, met a great woodworker and showed my pics, etc.), do some back taxes, get a check up (I've let some maintenance slide a bit).... and MARKETING.
Monday, November 1, 2010
A very good friend from New York visited me yesterday. It was a terrific visit, but I was surprised by my sentimentality, contrasting my life back then and now. He pointed out that what I'm doing is new to me, and that if I am truly pursuing art, I should expect the work to evolve, slowly over time. Great advise. I have to get out of the emergency and panicked way I am trying to proceed.