When I was at Bella Rustica, I did a workshop on working with tools, with the premise of faking being a real builder. I showed various photos of the ‘oh so impressive things I’ve built’, and then after each one, showed my cheat methods on how I did it.
This rustic garden shed was my first real building project. I had no idea how to use the tools I needed so I had a neighbour show me. And then wrapped this up in a couple of days.
Today, I’ve branched beyond relying on structures already set in place. I have graduated. I’m currently working on a new piece (coming soon) and am beyond astounded that I’m capable of implementing exactly what’s in my head!
By golly, I am a builder!
What was that? You wanna build too? Well, you can! You just have to start by picking up a board and having the desire to make it into something cool.
Wait, did you say you don’t have time? No money? Zero for tools? No skills? Too old to start over? Really…
When I started building, I was 47 years old, a sole parent, broke, and had no building skills. Oh. And I was stuck with some vertigo thing too.
I’m just really glad I took the time and built my pallet sofa so I can enjoy my old age sitting on it.
fake become a builder (or ___?):
Find your wood. (mine was from a free pallet)
Sketch out what you want. (start small)
Ask someone for guidance. (but do it yourself!)
Borrow tools. (then you will know what to eventually buy when you can afford it)
Find ways to cheat. (use existing frameworks)
Make plenty of mistakes. (best way to learn)
Then don’t quit on yourself until it’s done.
Congrats! You’re now a builder. What took you so long?
My own builds to date are HERE.
What do you wish you could do?
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