Lately, most of my work has been in marketing Maple Trestle Table. I knew that a woodworking business required a lot of work outside of the workshop and this stage was one of those situations. And I didn’t mind it at all. In fact, I welcomed the variety.
I had begun photographing the table and preparing a slideshow and other marketing materials. Monday, I could feel that I wasn’t quite well, but I persevered. Later that day, I sat outside on the deck with a cup of hot tea to nurse my sore throat and watched the sun set.
I woke up the next morning with a flu. I could barely speak and was in no condition, mentally or physically, to work. Wednesday, I missed Woodchat which I co-host weekly with Matt Gradwohl of Upper Cut Woodworks, and by the end of the week I was feeling only marginally better.
Running a business always has its challenges. Sometimes, I get caught up in the challenge to perform – to get things done well and quickly. And sometimes that results in the need to take time off sick. It’s a tricky balance. At least I know how to make radical furniture.
I took the photographs in this post using a pair of 150W strobes (flashes) with which I was unable to adequately light such a large piece. I will have the table shot professionally.
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Incredible…truly beautiful work of art.
Thank you, Brian!
You built a magnificiant an unique trestle table. Your idea of hiring a professional to shoot the table is wise. Such work needs all the attention it deserves. Not that you can’t take good pictures of it, but you’re a great woodworker, not a photographer. The photos should be at the same level as the table. Made by a unique woodworker and shot by a unique photographer!
Thank you for the comment. I have spent over a decade to get to this level in woodworking and one thing it has taught me is to value expertise. My experience with a camera and lights does not compare.
omg. The table is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! Amazing work Chris. Hope you are back to 100% soon :)
Thanks for the compliment, Holly. Yes, I really need to start feeling better soon.
Great to finally see a full table shot! If you want to send me a full res pic I could make it look better. I might have a BFA in Photography. Just sayin. Let me know.
Sure – I’ll shoot a picture your way for you to tweak. I’d be interested in seeing what you can do.
hey my friend if you are ever done with that thing on your shoulders I will take it !! Smrt beyond your years with out a doubt! Cheers