Gettin’ Jiggy With it
I have to admit, it’s been a really nice change of pace for me from making dining room tables and bedroom sets to brew boxes, coasters, soap, candles, etc… Don’t get me wrong, I love building tables and chairs, its where I’m most comfortable and confident but these smaller items have been so fun to think about and produce. They’re projects that come together faster (aside from the curing time of soap) so I can explore more ideas/mediums and feed the creative fire. However, making smaller and lower price point items also has its unique challenges – like shop flow & mass production.
Obviously with smaller items (like soap dishes) it doesn’t make sense to make them one at a time. I learned quickly that it’s much more economical and much better use of my time to focus on the process so that I can turn out more items and maximize hours spent in the studio. This way of thinking forces you to analyze how you’re doing things and in the end its actually quite therapeutic once you’re in the groove. Another fun part about it is I get to build jigs and templates for my projects.
Jig – A jig is a type of custom-made tool used to control the location and/or motion of parts or other tools.
Building furniture and home accents is certainly rewarding but when you make your own tools to make your furniture it’s an even higher level of satisfaction. From my experience in the custom furniture world I never made anything more than once. My furniture has always been one off and never to be made again. I just think it and build it. No plans, no drawings, just go. I’ve built mallets, planes, knives, draw shaving horses, paint booths, steam boxes, clamp forms, etc… But I’ve never really built a jig geared towards producing multiple units. As Rising Feather grows and shifts into an e-commerce and market brand I’ve learn to love building great jigs that help make the process more streamlined. Almost every night when my head hits the pillow an idea for an improvement to the process shows up and I’m back in the studio building jigs and templates.
Long story short, as you can tell I am having so much fun learning and making things. I really appreciate everyones support of this brand and your business. I thank you for the opportunity to do what I love.