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.
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.
For anyone choosing to bring me work, I ask for patience as it is the best nutrient I know of for skillfully accomplishing goals.
On this grey day in Duluth, I find inspiration in the cosmic drones of Stereolab while (seemingly) endlessly finishing the frets on this great old bass guitar.
Most of my tools are hand tools. They work quietly, patiently, and very well when I’m present with them. They make my job pleasant. Occasionally, though, it’s so satisfying to ride the drone of the router with some Massive Attack clipping along in the background. #massiveattack #handtool #powertool#braintool
My dear, old dad turned 70 this month. On Saturday we will be celebrating him, I will be closing the shop to make this possible.
Thanks for your support!
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.