SneakyJak wrote: ↑
02 Aug 2019, 15:53
Now you’ve got a bunch under you’re belt I have a question.
What have you learned that you wish you knew when you started. Is there any specific lesson that seems so obvious now you’ve built a bunch and eluded you in the beginning
I’m still over thinking everything, going around in circles and not putting tool to wood. Which is deeply frustrating
Not the right section, should be under "Zen and the art of bass building"
. OK, enough of that.
When I first started I was terrified of the big and small machinery, and absolutely terrified of making a mistake.
I now have a much better understanding of things like routers, bandsaws etc. and a very healthy respect with regards to the potential damage they can do.
I also have a better understanding of timbers and yet am still constantly surprised at how one piece of walnut can be so completely different in looks and "behaviour" to another - that's part of the enjoyment though.
By making mistakes along the way (and sometimes actually not sleeping particularly well for a couple of nights) I have gained a ton of experience that helps me avoid such mistakes. There will always be some, and that has helped (with the support of numerous people here on the board and in person, such as David or Blaine, last name "Features"
) to develop strategies to use those mistakes to make progress with development and design - find solutions that (potentially) work better than the original design rather than dwell on the screw-up.
What helped with that as well is the patience and level of understanding of people who commissioned a bass. I'm just a tiny fish in the pond, and errors can have much bigger consequences.
I've also become a little more independent and adventurous regarding finishes, and am not afraid of using non-mainstream timber (of course I still love walnut and ash but there's interesting opportunities out there - accoya, for example).
While I deal with hundreds of different personalities every year I've learned a lot about how to make connections with others - it's completely different being a lecturer in a position of authority (although I push that angle as little as possible, I attempt to be a "first under equals" with my students) compared to dealing with suppliers, and customers. As already mentioned above I was pretty lucky in that respect but it's still something that doesn't come naturally, and never will.
Overall it's just more confidence in what I "design" and in how I execute the "vision", going from that thought bubble to a final "thing" that works the way it is intended.
In short, I wish I had had experience when I first started but of course that's not really an option, right?
Hope that makes sense. I know it sounds "psycho babble" and common sense but that doesn't make it any less true for me.
Enough soul-baring for now.