thank you for the update mr Dan. As a gigging musician, I find I go through similar phases where I don’t see the rewards of my efforts. A couple months ago my teacher’s teacher gave me some sage wisdom in regards to art and practicing and all that. “Just remember, progress is doing not completing.” You’re always taking small steps forward even when you don’t see it and feel it. In those less obvious times, it’s important to trust that progress is happening and to keep going.Few more finished and out the door last week, and more to come this week!
I have been trying to come up with better and faster methods for doing the final hand shaping, and I'm happy to report that some speed improvements have been made this past week.
I had been running into a physical wall, all the hand filing and sanding was giving me tennis elbow. This recent improvement seems to have solved that issue as well.
What I came up with was a piece of aggressive sandpaper glued to a long, shaped, piece of wood. The shape is the negative of the curve thats on the Nomad II body. So it can be used to sand the bodies into the final curved shape. I can use both arms in a standing position... so that helps!
To work for this long on a single project...and not feel the accomplishment of actually finishing...can be mentally exhausting. It's easy to lose confidence. Being able to start and finish a small batch of toads really gave me a new fire for these Nomad IIs.
Perhaps that's too many personal details... but I like to be open about the process. haha.
I'll be posting some new photos this week as well. It's been too long!
Aside from all that, congratulations on finishing the roads! That must feel great