I’m honest about my Luddite tendencies . Which amuse me to no end when I present my self with the evidence I am the machine, A customer called with a request for several items I no longer make. Wanting slight variations . Even though I say , and truthfully. Measurements are only suggestions . I do the majority of my work free hand. I use a couple simple jigs to keep some uniformity . Also if you request a certain dimension.and I agree to it. I feel obligated to meet those requirements. Our conversation turned to how I thought it would look. I must have sounded hesitant and unenthusiastic . I was. The customer asked if I disliked the plans or thought the items would not look good . I was actually thinking about how I disliked drilling two more holes in my work table to accommodate this project. More specific drill 2 holes with a hand drill first thing in the morning. I fessed up. Nearly everything I make I like. Momentarily . I’ve jumped up on the anvil and danced. Constantly give praise for the talent I’ve been blessed with.
Then the Q.A. Starts coming out of me. I begin the critique . I’m sincere when I say everything I have done so far has been wrong. Or I haven’t worked out a better way yet. Now back to my tendencies or peculiarities ? I found the center of my new jig array. I then measured the piece I’m working . I’d just finished forging the decoration and mounting on both ends. I measured out side curve to out side curve to find the center. 35 inches! That number sounded familiar . It was. I had it written on the table from my material estimate. For the distance I needed at those two points. Now the second identical item was 1/4 inch in variance which is good. This ain’t rocket science. But. The only actual measurement was when I cut the raw material to length.
It dawned on me at a show one day. Which is kind of late. I couldn’t remember the last time I checked the hook alignment io my large hat and coat racks. After my panic attack . I checked . Darn if they weren’t all lined up like good little ducks.