Now, About That “Mostly”

Whenever someone asks me what I do in my free time, after the involuntary “free time, that’s funny”, I undoubtedly mention that I like to make things out of wood (and write about it).  I think that may be an understatement.  Sometimes, all that keeps me going day-to-day is the fantasy of one day having the time and the space to have a studio/workshop where I design and build furniture on my own schedule.

But, for now, woodworking doesn't (and doesn't have to) pay the bills.  But it does pay significant emotional and intellectual dividends.

But, for now, woodworking doesn’t (and doesn’t have to) pay the bills. But it does pay significant emotional and intellectual dividends.

The next question is usually about types of furniture I like to make.  “Oh, tables, benches and chairs, mostly” I’ll say, careful to also mention that I don’t particularly enjoy casework (in part, because sheet goods are gross).

Now, about that “mostly”…

I don’t very often talk about my obsession with pet furniture and plant furniture.  In truth, I spend more time perusing the internet for cat perch ideas and plant stand designs than I ever spend scouring human furniture catalogs.  Store-bought pieces are fine (and I’m certainly not taking commissions on cat perches or indoor planters), but anything handmade by me is not going to break down or come loose.  When it comes to my kitty and my dragon trees, that’s the most important thing.  I know lots of pet owners and indoor plant aficionados who would agree.

This is made from 8/4 red oak offcuts.  Call me old fashioned, but I believe a piece of furniture should outweigh the load its bearing.

This is made from 8/4 red oak offcuts.  Call me old fashioned, but I believe a piece of furniture should outweigh the load its bearing.

I’m not saying I’ll ever actually open up a “non-humans only” furniture store.  I’m just saying it would be awesome and hilarious.  I’m sure my parents would be proud.

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