Tally Ho!

Tally Ho!

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The little garden of new practices I planted here at Rosewood has begun to bear fruit. The mechanics of how I organize my business are oiled, move along smoothly, and with purpose. It feels great. I’m looking forward to this next year of business and what else comes.

Thanks, all! I appreciate the business, patience, and patronage.

Some Information and a Request

I have been blessed by a community of musicians who have supported me and my business for the past 14 years. It’s been a real dream, and a lot of very hard work. There are a few aspects to my work life I’d like to share, because my little business is more than just fixing up old guitars.

  • In contrast to many jobs these days, my job requires me to slow down.
  • This work often has its own pace and rushing it spoils it.
  • My stacks of work to be completed are upwards of 75 instruments at all times of the year: I don’t have a slow time.
  • My job is not only repair and restoration of musical instruments.
    • I also:
      • Maintain a public space
      • Keep detailed records
      • Make time to be present with the people who come to my shop
      • Take breaks
      • Work on improving my business plans
      • Meet with Dealers and Representatives
      • Teach music lessons
      • Keep up an online presence

All of this is to say, I am busy, and I love it. I take this job, and the trust of my clients seriously. I have pride in the work I spend my time on. And, there is only one of me.

My wait times can be long, but are worth it. I can make time for rush jobs when needed. If a job needs to be done with a strict deadline, this needs to be discussed up front, before work has begun. It so happens that it is very difficult for me to do my best work on a job if I feel the client is pushing me forward.

My request:

For anyone choosing to bring me work, I ask for patience as it is the best nutrient I know of for skillfully accomplishing goals.

The Blessings of a Public Workshop

I meet a lot of people in my little shop in Canal Park. It’s been a real joy to connect with so many. Occasionally, I meet a family who comes in together and we share a little time. Somedays, like today, I get to meet a family who show up for one another in a beautiful way. There is a sense of support, interest, and togetherness that goes along with them that pulls the joyful kind of tears. I love seeing that. Kudos, family.

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