Of Giraffes and Furniture Design

Today I start my second week of radiation treatments and I don’t expect much to happen this week.  The only real side effect so far has been a shift to my daily schedule and being a little tired from the change in routine and the emotional and mental energy that this is taking from me.  I knew going into this that energy and fatigue were going to be issues I’d have to deal with.  Some of that I’ve dealt with by canceling most of my activities except for the very basics: Treatments, eating healthy, sleep, exercise (which I promise to start tomorrow), work, blogging, taxes, and watching “The Red Green Show.”

In addition to those activities I’ve decided to keep up my marquetry hobby as long as I have the energy for it.  I’ve got a couple of projects on the bench that I’ll post pictures of later in the week.

Saturday I took the day to do something completely un-cancer patient like and attended a furniture design workshop taught by Paul Schurch – http://www.schurchwoodwork.com  Check out some of the work this guy has done.  He’s like a woodworking god – (at the very least a high priest) and he does marquetry work that I can only dream about doing.  It was a great day learning about what he called “intuitive design.”  Basically you throw out all the design rules and learn to feel your way through and learn to ignore that critic in you which refuses to combine elements of Queen Ann and craftsman style furniture together to create something new.  Well it wasn’t all that simple and far too hard for me to fully describe today.  All I can really say is that it was a great day and gave me a lot of great ideas for my next big project, which will either be a tea trolley combining elements of a traditional English trolley and the Golden Gate Bridge or an entertainment center designed in Danish modern with a free mix art deco…

Or I might take up Paul’s challenge to combine a giraffe and a toaster to make something – I am thinking of either a recipe holder or a spice rack.

Yeah -the recipe holder makes more sense with giraffe elements.  But a toaster and a spice rack have a lot in common.  I’ll keep you updated.

I’ve had a couple of questions of what the radiation treatments are like.  Well, it’s kind of like getting a dental x-ray – the procedure is slightly annoying but you don’t feel that much.  It’s something you don’t really want to do but you understand the need.

The treatments routine is simple:

  • 1-2 hours before treatment drink 32 ounces of water – well as much as you think you can hold for 2 hours.
  • Drive to the clinic.
  • Undress and put on the fashionable gown that opens in the back.
  • Goto the CT machine and lie flat on your back and let them push and pull your body into position
  • Then don’t move for 15 minutes. You can breath and think and if you’re careful, open and close your eyes.
  • See how fast you can get to the restroom while trying to keep the gown closed.
  • Get dressed.
  • Go to work and pretend it’s a normal day.

And I only have to do that 25 more times.

I figure by the end of the full treatment cycle I’ll have figured out the giraffe design problem…

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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1 Response to Of Giraffes and Furniture Design

  1. Marvin Tanner says:

    Reminds me of working in a nuclear power plant in New York, but no split gown.


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