In May of this year, I started working on the lathe. This is something I have wanted to do for many years but for some reason or another I never seemed to have the time. But with the recent slowdown in the economy, coupled with my involvement in another business, I have had an opportunity to spend some time learning (or trying to learn) some lathe techniques. It's challenging work with a pretty steep learning curve and a strong field of well known artisans.
This is presenting me with not only a chance to explore new territory but an opportunity to re-enter the areas of sales and marketing, something that for me has always been one of the most interesting aspects of being in business. Since most of my work had come from word of mouth for the last decade, my marketing skills have had plenty of time to gather dust and rust. So now it's time to dust them off, scrub away the rust and polish them up a bit.
I redid my website over the weekend, giving my turnings "front row" and moving my casework and chessboards to an archive of "previous work." I'm not sure what the future holds for me and flatwork. I have reached the burnout stage several times in my life but somehow I have always been drawn back into it. You never know when the phone is going to ring bringing an offer of a project too good to pass up. We'll just have to see about that.