I’m a maker. In addition to making narratives, poetry, and other forms of written work, I dabble in carpentry, cabinetry, pottery, gardening, stonework, painting, sewing, rope work, carving, weaving, and a few other activities that will come to me later. I enjoy making, and I enjoy being around other folks who do so as well.
There are two ideas floating around the maker world that I’ve seen expressed in different ways, and they always make me chuckle.
The first is usually found at craft shows or fairs, and it’s a form of, “Sure, he can make it, but will he?”
As a quick aside, I’m sure “she” could make it too, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen that sign.
The second idea deals with the cost of a service or making of an item. There’s the basic price, the price that is charged if you watch, and the price that is charged if you help. Guess which is the cheapest? Here’s a clue: It’s the one that doesn’t involve you being in the room as the work is being done.
Both of these ideas are floating through my mind this very day, and it’s been tough.
You see, until about two hours ago, the roof on my house leaked.
Before I continue, I’ve got to give a quick tip of the hat to Jerry Garcia and David Grisman for the lyrics to their version of “Arkansas Traveler.”
Well, hello stranger
Can’t you see that your roof is leaking?
Why don’t you fix it?
Well, right now it’s rainin’ too hard
And when the suns a shinin’
Why, it don’t leak!
Anyway, like I was sayin’, my roof leaked. In addition to that, I tend to pick up other folks’ speech habits, but that’s another story.
Thinking about how to address that leak, I had a conundrum. That is, I can do the work, but I don’t have the time. To be clear, I’ve laid a shingle or two in my day, but I have a flaw in my disposition that accounts for the two guys who are currently on top of my house: I’m a ponderer. I think too much. In a word, I’m slow. I can probably do it, but it’s going to take a lot of time.
I’m fortunate right now to have the resources to have someone else do the work, but I’m absolutely itching to get out there and help. With my speed, though, they’d charge me double.
Rightly so, rightly so.