Table dimensions, approx 2'x3', 18" high. Walnut and glass
Frustration, difficulty and growth are my companions when building furniture. However, at the end of the project, I often find satisfaction, relief and wisdom waiting for me. I've mentioned before that sometimes I think I'm too impulsive to build furniture, because of the planning involved. I rarely build with a plan, I rather find myself in a sort of conversation or negotiation with material, temporal and spacial constraints as I bring to life what I'd imagined. I find myself stopping and re-evaluating a lot, thinking "this won't/can't work" or "what have I gotten myself into?"
I find that even though planning could often save me a headache or two, I would sacrifice some spontaneity, which is something I like present in the process. Planning in certain ways introduces a mechanical restriction on my improvisatory leaning. So I find myself being pulled by impulse/inclination and bound by my situation. This is inevitable, though I'm regularly found surprised by it. I'm very selective about remembering that I am situated.
Make it, in time.
Give shape, by mind.
Soon gone, not mine
Recompense, now thine...
J0hn Hunter Speier
Recent work, and explorations of techniques, aesthetics and poetics.