Re: Pipe prices
- From: "Rocheleau Pipes" <rocheleau@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 20:22:25 GMT
<mingkahuna@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
> Jack, John, well put.
> Beyond great investment involved in an artisan pursuit (I'm not talking
> about money here) there is literally blood sweat and tears. The eat,
> tear and pain involved can be far more than anyone might expect. One
> only has to consider JT Cooke and watch him walk around pipe shows with
> those braces on his arms to appreciate that there is more going on here
> than pure economics. I well recall sitting at breakfast at the Chicago
> show comparing hands with a noted Danish pipe maker amazed by how
> similarly our hands were beaten up, callouses in the same place, the
> same lumps and nodes on finger joints, and the same oddly bent sanding
> finger. And, most recently, after being down for a couple of months
> for my move, upon my return to carving and sanding my hands hurt like
> toothaches for a couple of weeks, and still occasionally do as they
> aren't yet back to where they were. My first two years at my craft was
> constant pain from cuts and abrasions from the whirring grinding heads
> that continually cut my untrained hands, and from the growing muscles
> in my hands and arms.
> Yes, there is blood, sweat and tears involved in a craft, and as a
> consumer you either appreciate that, and respect it, and consider it in
> determining value, or you don't, or do to a lesser degree. And that's
> just the physical aspect, as Jack and John's comments got me thinking
> in that direction. That says nothing of the value of individuality,
> uniqueness, craftsmanship, passion, artistry and dedication. So much
> goes into the ante just to be able to play the game. It is an entirely
> different set of dynamics.
Well put Art. I'm glad you added your thoughts.
The shop is 1 degree C.with the heater on all morning. Drats. Next year I'll
be able to insulate and drywall. I'm going to do some final sanding and stem
work in the warm art studio.
It's odd really, why people perhaps like ourselves keep doing what they do,
in spite of the continual overuse injuries that become chronic. We're smart
enough to do other things to make a living. The thing is -- we need to
create stuff -- it's an inner drive that can't be ignored. The only option
for those of us afflicted with this compulsion, is to choose what we create.
Some things are easier on the old body and offer a greater return.
I've never been able to put my finger on why the pipe business is so
attractive despite the modest returns and the hardships involved. I think it
is the people that keeps us in it. In no other venture or business
involvement have I found such good people. Pipe enthusiasts are a breed
apart, and if it weren't for their open expressive attitudes, and the
resulting friendships, I would think twice about the risk/reward factor.
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