If you spend a large amount of time on social media, it may be likely you have seen videos of colored liquid being poured into molds and onto wood slabs. And though it’s satisfying to watch the shimmering epoxy resin flow like water into various gaps and channels, spreading into every nook and cranny, these videos hide a secret war that has enveloped the craftsperson community.
The other day, I was watching a furniture-making video that was thematically centered around creativity, specifically upon the distinction between creative and uncreative ‘types.’ In the video, the creator argued that though he himself did not feel like a creative type, he could still experiment and explore within his craft and eventually make something artistic and beautiful. Later, while on break (hallelujah!), I heard a family member lament the fact that she was not — and had never been — creative.
With this being a brand-new column, I thought I’d take this week to offer some insight into the wonderful resources you have as a Tufts student. If I did my job right, my first article has left you thoroughly inspired to make something — a new side table, plate-ware or a cutting board, perhaps. But you’re stumped! You don’t have the tools or the space to get crazy and creative! Luckily for Tufts students looking to make, there are several free-to-use places on campus.
A few years ago my girlfriend needed a coffee table. It needed to be low enough to the ground that she could sit on the floor (I thought it was weird too) and still eat at it. We could have found one online, exchanged money for it and brought it home. She might’ve taken it when she moved, or sold it or threw it away if that was easier — she could always buy another coffee table. But we didn’t do that. Instead, I took the leap and decided to build her one.