E N Curtis Woodworks

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The Creative Life

When does one find the time to start a new blog? Or, more appropriately, is there ever a good time? But having done the blogs and bits of writing I've done before, I'll say that while it takes a good bit of effort, it is a good outlet to wrap your mind around something. It's work, yes, but I've built my life around my work, and my work around my life. 

I am a craftsman. A furniture maker, first and foremost. It's my first true love, and it's what I get paid to do. But I also create through any number of other mediums. I'm a musician, an illustrator, a writer, a carpenter, and a cook. All those things I love to fill my time with. And all those things influence my woodwork. I have sketches of a piece in waiting based on a poem by Longfellow. I have another sketch of a piece based on a tree that looked like something Wharton Esherick might dream up. I take cues from other makers and let it influence my cooking, my music, and what I think about when I ride my bike through the woods. People have been creating since we first were able to record our thoughts, and, perhaps, all those people made the world a little bit more beautiful through their work.

This blog is, or will be, about the Creative Life. It will be about how all those things influence my life as a maker of things, and I hope to be able to bring new influences into the lives of those who read it. To be able to see things that they might otherwise not have seen, and hopefully be able to converse with them about the knowledge we have collectively. Some may have read my last blog, "Just A Woodshop," while I was in school at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. I find it appropriate to start this blog while I'm back at the school as an assistant for the next 9 weeks. 

Hopefully you'll join me and we can discuss together the endless musings of woodworking, and the Creative Life.