Our dear uncle John, carried a well worn cutting from a newspaper around with him in his wallet, he was very pleased with this worn scrap of paper and would bring it to our attention often, it read:
“If all you ever do is all you’ve ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you’ve ever got”
He was very pleased with this however as time went on, he would bring this out and say “I don’t know what it means” then in the end he had no idea why it was there at all. But he did know it had some deep significance, he just could not think what it was.
So what’s this go to do with woodworking?
If you have a small shop and get asked to price a job that you have never done before and therefore are not so sure of, it makes sense that you turn the job down. In this climate few of us can take on the unknown with that risk factor. Hence the newspaper cutting in Uncle Johns wallet.
By use of 3D computer models we can:
- break the job down into manageable entities
- by flattenening and unfolding curves, generate templates like never before
- using CNC we can create joinery like never before
So in the end, you don’t have to turn the work down, you just have to think about including a third party.
We have been helping small businesses in the States increase their cash flow and business standing by taking complex jobs that would have been sent to the B1N file, and making them possible.
As a trained joiner, I understand the work involved.
A stairbuilding colleague and I had just finished an ornate radial stair project when the contractor asked if we could build the dome ceiling above. All of our schedules were already full and to do this this required expediting. After some head scratching and lots of coffee brought by my wife, (some was drunk and some I had to throw away before she realised it had a crust on it) the project was completed a week later with the end product after this collaboration another smooth install.
So my friends out there, this is a perfect example of dear uncle Johns Words, we took on things we had never done and we got so much in return, not just money, but the chance to work together, build experience, confidence, new skills, and of course a greater standing in the woodworking field and (hopefully) perpetuating more work.