Tuesday, April 28, 2020
TSII #457 Tree Assembly
This wasn't it.
My reasons for joining were time-tested and true. I was going to use it to work on a piece for myself. IMTM is my birthday month; I like to make a piece for myself for my birthday. Last year during the last days of IMTM I'd created the bridle and neckpieces for an Akhal Teke presentation set for my own horse, Brasenose. I thought for sure I'd be able to finish the breastcollar this year. Silver and gold and real emeralds! What's not to love!?
Man, have we had extenuating circumstances.
I've been setting records for them. (I am positive I'm not alone.) As April began, I found myself homing in on (and honing my skills on) the engraving of a different breastcollar, that of TSII #457. This was my second Clyde Goehring saddle, a Mexican Silver Parade set. This saddle has been under construction since September. It thus cannot be counted in IMTM's "I Also Did This" album even though it's what I've spent April on.
No. 457 is a bespoke order for a very long-standing customer.
It is both strange and perfectly normal I should have channeled myself into this piece. I was doing my best to listen to the Muse.
And then, on the 21st, I managed to damage my right hand and right foot, through loss of temper and attendant sheer stupidity. A week later, the hand is healing well and the foot can be walked on, if carefully. I can type and I can write. I can play the piano (it's a bit like Frodo of the 9 fingers) and I can make most kinds of tack. But engraving puts pressure on the palm and wrist of the right hand in a twisting way, and so the bridle needs to wait a while.
Stamping out ikandis will be much easier.
If there is any luck in the situation -- oh those extenuating circumstances! -- it is that I could hardly pick a better time to be stuck at home. I am greatly blessed in many things: a healthy healing body, an understanding customer base, employment at home, a community I can connect to. I have so many friends, including one who helped me get rare parts for my IMTM piece (thanks Paula!). What an interesting and unique birthday, eh?! And now, hopefully, without pressure -- when did the TSII ever pay attention to deadlines anyway!? -- Brasenose may finally get his breastcollar.