The Chai-boy is almost complete. I feel like school boy with a bad case of “senior-itis”. I am so ready to get this project completed and out of sight. Why do I say that? I don’t know, I kinda feel like Dr. Frankenstein; I created this piece, I love it, I’m connected to it, yet I want it to go away. I do want it to be loved by someone, someone who will show it off and cherish it, that is the best I could ever hope for it. But as I have stated in an earlier blog, I have this strange love-hate relationship with everything I make. I love it, but the tiniest of flaws makes me feel horribly guilty and then I can’t bear looking at it. Yes, I know, I need to start saving for a shrink.
A customer was at the shop last night, so I showed him the Chai-boy and he was very impressed. He has a number of wealthy clients and he thinks he knows a client who might be interested in purchasing the piece. I hope I can sell it quickly, but I am not going to get my hopes up.
As an added bonus for the purchaser, I think I am going to have all the blog entries nicely printed up and bound so the buyer will have a complete history of the piece from the original drawings to the final photo. I think that would be a neat piece of provenance for the future owners.
I’ve also decided not to publish any more pictures of the piece until it is finally complete. I don’t want to show off my debutante until she is complete and ready to make your little heart go pitter padder when you see her in all her glory. (BTW, I don’t really think of my Chai-boy as a girl, I simply could not think of a better allegory). This leads me to my final dilemma – the photo session.
Right now, I have no idea of where or how I am going to photograph the piece. If I want to sell it and/or “show” it, I need good photographs. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m no photographer and I don’t have an eye for it. I could use some advice if any of you can offer it.
Now for the boring construction part of the blog entry:
The finish as been applied to the “Yud” bandsaw box, and the little drawer has been flocked the same color as the other drawers. Next, I will attached the drawer pull and wait for the flocking to fully cure.
I’m hoping the magnets will be here on the 15th. I already have the mortise made on the bandsaw box so I hope the magnet will drop right in with a minimal amount of effort. Once that is done, I can lay out the exact position to mortise the magnet on the “Ches.” I will epoxy the magnets in the mortises, then wait for it to cure and I am done!! We’ll have to wait and see how well this plan works, won’t we?!