Among the many things that define producers of anything, is an overwhelming desire to produce. I know. Once again I sound like a crank, but I know that I don’t care as much about what I am making as that I am making. I am driven by the need to make. I am told that this is not universal but that’s just another thing I find hard to believe. Anyway, my problem with Mr. Fish Tale wasn’t that he spent all of his time vastly exaggerating everything. I can deal with that. I mean, really, all I do is automatically scale down his details during the listening process. So his fantasy audience of 10,000 becomes the actual audience of 700 or so. My problem with Sir Fish is that he doesn’t understand how to make. He clearly confuses manipulating with making.
Aaaahhh. What was I thinking?
The process of making anything is the same. Yeah, don’t argue with me. This is my theory and I’m sticking with it. Whether you are making a cake or a space ship or a movie or a country, the process is the same. Part A is the plan. Don’t confuse this with the dream. In cake world the dream is one of those seven tiered fondanty things with ears. Or whatever. The plan is the recipes and the schematic. So far we have dream…plan…okay I should have recognized the problem. I really need to work on paying better attention. Sir Fish had a dream. No plan.
Aaaaaahhhhh. What was I thinking?
Okay, back to the process. Dream…plan...this is where it gets a little foggy, but I will call it resources. But along with resources you need the will to complete. ……which is different than the will to compete. The resources in the seven tiered cake are the ingredients, the baker, the tools and the time. The baker brings expertise. This is huge. Sir Fish Tale? Let’s just say he lacked….resources….and will…did I mention expertise………….
Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh. What was I thinking?
Dream…plan…resources…will…then hard work and presto …….. you got something.
I snapped. Not pretty. Graceless actually and messy.
And then …cue harps…I got an order for ……..
So it was time to actually make some stuff. Hardware all the way to the end. Dream, plan, resources and it's time to have some fun. The order was for a house full of drapery hardware made from square tube. Poles, brackets, rings and wands. The fishtails are the decoration on the brackets. The pigtails are the handles for the wands.
|bar in the forge|
|bar on the anvil|
|several bends later|
|ready for the final blows|
|drawing the bar|
For the pigtails the bar needs to be drawn first.
|bent around mandrel|
And then the project was finished.
|Brown finish on rings and brackets.|
Now back to work...........