I'm not quite that bad, but I often will be thinking of projects at work, thinking about an issue at home or with my music, or any number of other things. While my mind is churning away, there is no hope of sleep. When I find myself in this situation, before I get up to give my wife a chance to at least get some sleep, I will try changing the subject in my head to woodworking.
The problem is, if I strike a brilliant idea, I get super excited and charged up about my discovery that any hope of more sleep is gone. This happened the other night.
So there I was, minding my own business, trying to sleep. I started thinking about some of the issues of my upcoming tantalus build. One of the main issues that I haven't quite figured out yet is the lock, because of the front opening doors that need to lock to a hinged lid.
I still haven't come up with a brilliant idea for that one. I'll just have to keep thinking.
Another problem I have had with this project is the decanters. I think I want everything on this project to be new, otherwise I feel I am just doing a renovation. Used decanters, therefore, are not ideal.
Many of you have had some great ideas. I especially liked JMAW Works' idea of perfume bottles. This is sort of a small tantalus, the original only being 6 3/4" wide. With this measurement, these four decanters should be about the size of pop cans. This is a great idea since I have yet to find a decanter for sale in the 12 to 16 oz range, which is what I think I want.
Other ideas are glass bottles, or any other manner of container.
The problem with this, is that I really want something nice. In the movies you see rich people pouring scotch from beautiful crystal decanters. I think there is probably no benefit in decanting liquor, other than the fact that it is just cool. Therefore these decanters and the accompanying box need to be super freaking cool.
Surfing around the internet, decanters in the "super freaking cool" category tend to start at around $100 US. I wouldn't mind spending $100 on a decanter for this project, but I need four of them. Now we are talking real money. I have yet to find crystal decanters in the sizes I want, and I haven't figured out the rest of the project, which may require a custom lock which could cost $300 or more. I want to drink whiskey in style, but I'm not about to spend that kind of money on a commercially manufactured product when I'm just as happy drinking brewskies from the can.
What to do?
This is about where I was the other night in my attempt to distract myself so I could drift off to sleep. Unfortunately, to the destruction of the rest of the night's potential peaceful sleep, I came up with the solution: my cousin Cindy.
The great part about being from a big family, is pretty much wherever you want to travel, there is invariably an aunt, uncle, or cousin that you can impose yourself upon for a free place to stay. The other great thing, is that whenever you need something, perhaps you have a relative in the business.
My cousin Cindy is a professional potter. She left the teaching field in the early nineties to set up her own studio. She has been making pots, dishes, and other containers ever since. I'm proud to say she has always been good at this, and seems to get better with every passing year. Indeed, our house has quite a few examples of her work. In fact, whenever I impose myself upon on of the abovementioned, unspspecting aunts, uncles, or cousins, I invariably see much of her work there, too. I think we all get the same "relative" discount, which she jokes is twice what anyone else would have to pay.
|A fine example of Cindy's work from my collection.|
I have no idea why it didn't occur to me earlier, but the thought struck me that she would be able to make exactly what I'm looking for. That is, once I opened my mind to porcelain rather than crystal. If these decanters are going to cost me, I would feel much more comfortable getting them from her, exactly the shape I want, rather than compromising with something commercial.
I sent her an email the other day with my idea, and happily she agreed! She though it would be a kick to cooperate on a project like this. I gave her dimensions that I needed, and left the design up to her. That is, with the caveat that they look super freaking cool. The great news is she won't be able to get to them until early next year, which of course I won't be able to start this until then, anyway.
Also, with any luck, I might be able to talk her into guest blog about making these vessels. At least someone should blog about their activity in the shop!
|photo courtesy evepottery.com|