The Project


Today we are going to Muse about a project.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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The Project

Dad's table

Dad’s table


Next to my chair in the TV room is this little table.  It was a high school project of my father.   He was born in 1910 so this table is getting close to 100 years old.  I’ve always admired it.

As I looked at it the other day I got to thinking about my own projects.  I’ll tell you about one.

In my 30’s, I was into some minor wood working projects.   And, at that time I was moving my office to a new location.

The Desk

I’d been thinking about buying some nice furniture, focused on a desk.  The only desk I saw that really turned me on cost $2500 ($6900 in todays dollar).  And, then of course, I would need a credenza and several chairs.  There was no way I was prepared to spend $2500 for the batch, much less for a desk alone.

So I decided I would make the desk.  With reasonable care and a lot of time I thought I could come up with something nice.  It wouldn’t be a replica of the one I liked, but it would be similar.  The biggest problem I felt was the legs.  The legs required tools I didn’t have.

The Craftsman

After pondering this, I called up Klaus Nitschke, a German cabinet-maker I knew,  This guy was a craftsman . . . one of those fellows who apprenticed in “the old country” for three years learning his trade!  He had tools.  That was his livelihood.

“Klaus,” I said,  “I want to make a desk, but I can’t make the legs.  Would you consider making them for me?”

Klaus said, “Yah sure!  You got a drawing?  Bring it down.  I’ll look at it for you.  See what I can do.”

So down to his shop I went with my drawing all done to scale (1″ = 1′), three views.

Klaus says,  “Oh my gaht!  This is a drawink?   This is chit!  You — You’re gonna make this desk?  I — I wouldn’t even make this desk!  You gonna spend $600 ($1700 in todays dollar) on wood and have chit.  Do yourself a favor — buy a desk.”

Klaus was a real ego builder.

So I say, “Klaus, they want $2500 for this desk.  What would you want to make it?”

“Twice that much”, he replies.  “They make a thousand of those a year, all by machine.  I would have to do it all by hand.  Would charge you twice as much.  Buy the desk.”

“Better yet, my advice to you . . . make a bookshelf!”

End result

 ($6900 in todays dollar)


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Fine Art America, a company is now offering Coffee Mugs, Throw Pillows, Greeting Cards, Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Shower Curtains, Duvet Covers and more with reproductions of my artwork.  If you want to check them out, here are the steps:
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2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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Works on Paper

On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida

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Ode to Morocco

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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