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  • Writer's pictureTanya Marie

Always Making Plans

My grandfather was larger than life. At least in my eyes. From the time I could understand what he was saying, I thought of every word as something to be memorized and saved for a later date. You never know when tidbits of brilliance can be useful after all. One of my favorite tidbits is that no self respecting martini should have more vermouth in it than what falls in from waving the cap over the glass. He was colorful to say the least.

I must have been 8 years old the first time I heard him say, "Proper planning prevents piss poor performance." I had no idea what he was talking about and I surely did not know what he meant but I stashed it in my mental bucket of grandpa-isms.

While working on this dresser, I could hear him say it, just like all of the other times I have slowed down instead of jumping in head first to do something.

"Proper planning my dear...proper planning," he would say if ever you had failed to plan ahead. It's safe to say that we all heard this more than we would have cared.

Out in my workshop however, grandpa's words are always heeded. Proper planning provides the smooth finish that I aim to achieve on every piece of furniture. It provides structure and a path to follow and dare I say makes the process a lot easier.

So when you see me at a show and perhaps admire the finish or details on a piece just remember that golden tidbit. Proper planning prevents piss poor performance. Grandpa, I love and miss you.

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