A series of articles related to the furniture, its production, collaboration and everything relevant to it I would like to begin with the question of professionalism. Why specifically with this question I want to begin? To my mind, it is necessary to approach to any handicraft only with attitude of professional approach. It is not worth a matter if there is a slight airy mood. Even very simple things require feedback from those who create them. In this article I'll try to make sense of what professionalism, workmanship is. I also will try to work out a system, which will allow solving many problems related to any handicraft more professionally, handsomely, qualitatively.
Everything with humankind started with stone-ax and a needle of bone. Further a man learned how to get fire and mine metals. The level of professionalism of primitive was, of course, low, but the toolkit was also rather limited. Since that time a great period of time had past and for the present time humankind realized, to my mind, that condition that it is possible to create practically everything and there are all possibilities for that, tools, everything. The information stored so much that it is impossible to encompass it. And if a desire to create something comes to your mind then you understand that that you conceived is possible. But when you take to the matter it turns to be out not so simple. What things do you face more often? You do not know where to start.
How professional things differ from non-professional (artisan, defective)? First of all its forethought. Forethought in everything. Further is, of course, quality of realization. Quality is the consequence of forethought of technological processes and constant control of all stages of realization. Well, what is professionalism:
2. Quality of realization
3. Control of all processes
So, where to begin that that foretought and do it professionally? Let's begin with visual thinking. We first try to imagine in details (as far as possible) that that we want to make. Then it is very good to fix your idea on the paper. In the kind of sketches, drawings, rough design, notes of thoughts and comments. Through hand and paper your idea will come out, and you will understand more that you want to achieve. Then you should maximally gather information about things alike with our idea. Try to analyze the experience of other people. Looking at the creation of others and being impressed of the best samples, you'll elaborate your idea more critically. I do not mean that you'll be disappointed, just vice versa you'll approach the matter more thoroughly.
When the idea is formed and framed, you can take to the immediate putting of your idea into practice. And you'll have to begin with the drawing documentation. It is important by your own hands and head to work out in advance all the parameters, links, and fittings. It happens very often that even in a very simple product without preliminary collaboration in the drawing mistakes are admissible. Then so called "way out" begins, which is not professionalism. The product comes out to be artisan. When making a drawing it is desirable not to miss even small details. You should not rely upon your intellect power, ignoring thorough collaboration of complex elements. Everything is possible on paper, but when efforts, money, materials spend, and it went wrong, then you will not have anyone to blame.
In order to create quality furniture not just a desire required. You should have drawings of standard furniture. You should also have much useful advice and learn materials about right work with wood. You should take to the creation of furniture only after you would know well all the hints of work with this material.
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Of course, the topic of professionalism could be developed broadly. This article is just initial one. I would like to write a series of articles related to furniture. But I decided to begin with this very question about professionalism because I consider it to be a base. Bigger part of problems beginners have related to the unwillingness to learn the experience of others (I'll understand everything myself), and very often reluctance attitude to the labor process as it is. I hope that my texts will awaken at least a part of handicraftsmen, admirer of looking on professionals on the other angle.
Source by David I Thomason