Every woodworking craftsman needs a space where they can hone their art. I’ve seen some amazing converted garages and even a few backyard sheds as DIY workshops. ED Practical Art’s workshop space evolved out of a tough time. My wife and I were living in a condo and just as the real estate market was crashing in Tahoe I became unemployed, which also meant no place to store my tools.
I get a lot of inspiration from the outdoors. Pretty easy when you are lucky enough to live in the spectacular playground of Lake Tahoe. One of my neighbors that keeps me in a state of awe, is the black bear. It’s become commonplace to see bears rooting around in our yard or brazenly strolling down the street. No matter how many times I see them, I’m still amazed. I love to watch them explore (as long as that trek doesn’t include foraging in my trash!) and I never lose the “little kid” surprise of seeing them saunter comfortably through the neighborhood.
Ask any craftsmen; artist, carpenter, surgeon, financial planner, etc. what sets them apart in the ease and ability to do a great job over an o.k. job and they will answer: “My tools!” It often takes time and lots of trial and error to discover the perfect instrument that becomes your partner in creating.
Very simply, I make functional, beautiful things out of reclaimed materials. In the Navy I became a welder, following that I was a glazier (installing windows, mirrored walls and accents, glass shower enclosures, etc.) and I’ve also held stints doing various construction work.
So I was getting really tired of sweeping the floor in front of our cats’ litter box every day and decided there had to be a better way. What if my cats could clean their paws BEFORE leaving the cat litter box, instead of tracking it all over the house? Then it hit me – […]
Today, I want to talk about Practical Art, or Functional Art. Back in high school, when I took art class, we were taught that art should perform no function other than to inspire a feeling or evoke emotion. But when I look around, I see art everywhere. A beautiful structure can evoke so many feelings, […]