Navigating the hectic rush of events that flash past me like midnight cars on the freeway is one of the skills that lies at core of running a small business. While this one is free from the special challenges presented by managing people in addition to the aforementioned, it also suffers the liability of being a ‘one man show.’ That is, that the urgent event is often the most present one and unless that necessary or advised activity squeaks its wheel, as it were, that it will often go unnoticed for shamefully long periods of time.
This blog, and this website for that matter, has begun to squeak. When I looked with surprise at the last update–‘surely it was earlier this year, or late 2018. 2019?! Has it been that long?’–I was (I will put it mildly) surprised by the vastness of the gap. After updating all the many many code and plugin updates that had been advised and reminded and rereminded in the ensuing period, I set to work laying the foundation for what I hope will be a somewhat less lengthy gap before the next missive.
What’s new? Nothing and a lot. By ‘nothing’ I mean, pipes are still being made. Many of them. And they’re still keeping me so busy that I have difficulty justifying the time away from the studio to come type in these digital pages. And by ‘a lot,’ I mean that there are some exciting new things that I’ll now tell you about.
The first is that I’ve been exploring some novel (to me) photographic techniques and textures to present my work to you all. Many of you may have witnessed these images on my instagram page. This has been a delightful addition and has invigorated my work and workspace with a creative energy that has been a joy to experience. Some recent examples can be seen here:
The other new thing will likely be of interest to both the pipe enthusiast as well as to the aspiring maker of briars. That is that I’ve published a new video. As with the photography above, the making of videos is an enormously creatively rewarding exercise that demands different muscles to fire and flex than I typically draw upon for my actual work of making pipes. A key to creativity is to avoid stagnation, and both photography and video making help to keep me on my toes and thinking about things differently. In short, to be a good and improving artist one must follow creative pursuits in other mediums. I can’t speak for other people, but this is essential for my work. Without further expounding in some meandering treatise on creativity I suppose I should just cut to the chase and share my work. Here’s the video. I hope you all enjoy.