Monday, April 21, 2014
Desperate Endstage Monomaniac Spanish Shaker Goodness
Well, now. Dude's hardcore.
I make furniture, of course, but I never have any sort of competitive feeling when I watch videos by other makers. I either find them interesting or infuriating, but the only way to infuriate me is to do worse work than mine, not better, and so waste my time. I can make furniture faster than anyone that can make it better, and I can make it better than anyone that can make it faster. Those are the damp, moldy laurels I rest on.
This video is plenty fascinating to me though. Guy's working in Spain, I guess, since the video and website is in Spanish, but if my Spanish still works, he's either from Austria, Holland, South African or Nigeria, or all of them. He's making a very American, Shaker design, usually referred to as a "harvest table." It's cherry. I understand everything he's doing, and I could be a docent for the whole thing, but that would ruin the aspect of this video that struck me as borderline sublime. No one talks. There's no goddamn music. The light in that room is remarkable. I have seen a kajillion videos of people making things at this point, and this one has to be the ne plus ultra. No one else has the nerve to shut the hell up and make something with a camera pointed at them.
Un Trabajo Feliz, indeed.