When I bought the farm, I promised myself that I would step it up a notch in the world of craftsmanship. I wanted to be sure to do things of quality, not just in a haste to mark something off of the To Do List.
Now, please understand, I have never really done shoddy work. I am WAY to OCD for that.
But I wanted this to be different. I wanted to complete projects in way that they wouldn’t have to be fixed up or finished off later. I wanted to enjoy the process as much as the end result. Everything would get done in a timely fashion with the right amount of attention going into all of the details. It’s the least thing I can do for this place, is to do it right.
This urge came from a story told at my Grandpa B.’s funeral by my Uncle. It was the first I had heard this tale and it is something that I am reminded of constantly. Especially around the farm.
Apparently, in his youth, my Uncle had started wallpapering for people. In a conversation with my Grandpa, my Uncle was asked if he signed his work. Uncle R. replied that he signed the back of the last piece of wallpaper that he hung on each job. My Grandpa informed him that he was doing it wrong and that he should sign the FIRST piece of wallpaper he hung.
The reasoning is simple.
If you wait to sign your work, it means you can also decide to NOT sign it.
Maybe you were having a bad day, maybe you were running late and you cut a few corners in the quality department. Either way, you can decide whether or not you would put your name to your work.
However, if you sign your work at the BEGINNING, you are committed to a higher quality of work from the very start. You can’t get away from the fact that you already put your name your work and have an expectation to live up to.
So, with that being said, I have signed my name to this place.
I am committed.
In so many ways…hee hee hee!
What does this mean in real life? It means that I actually rebuilt a retaining wall 4 times this week. Just to get it right.
It also means that I’ll be committed before this house is completed. For sure.
Stay tuned….I have a expert in the field of sandstone stopping by the house Monday morning to discuss the glorious storm cellar. Should be awesome.
Peace out peeps.