Perfection is pointless

Chaos creativity

In the chaos caused by removing over a tonne of plasterboard from the walls and ceiling, I found a moment of inspiration. I often find it turns up when least expected. Probably because that’s when your mind is most open.

inspiration in chaos
inspiration in chaos

I was working through the bits of timber framing that I had removed. Working out what to do with it all, wondering what had I let myself in for with this project!

Not exactly inspiring I know, however, it’s often doing something mundane that can help free your thinking. Well, it does for me anyway.

Idea intrigue

Knowing how long it took to disassemble the old pews, got me thinking about how things are joined together in construction in the first place.

I wanted to play around with the idea that you supposedly cannot fit a square peg in a round hole. Being a bit of a square peg myself, there has an obvious appeal!

square peg round hole testing
square peg round hole testing

As sayings go, it’s not true, it can be done. Just depends on the relative sizes of the peg and the hole, as my playing around with some scrap wood showed.

Using this kind of square peg/round hole friction fit, seemed like it would be a fun little creative side project.

waney edge timber stud work
waney edge timber stud work

Sifting through the redundant stud work taken down when removing all the old plasterboard, there was one piece of wooden inspiration that caught my eye…

Rustic randomness

Stud work is normally regular square-sectioned sawn timber. This piece of random waney edge timber with bits of its bark still on it stood out to me.

Its quirky nature gave me the basis for an idea…

turning ideas into reality
turning ideas into reality

The angled nature of this rough, bark-clad waney edge could work to my advantage. It’s time to break out the drill and make some holes.

square pegs and waney edge timber
square pegs and waney edge timber

Using some of my 25mm plywood off-cuts, I made some square pegs. A quick clean-up, some Danish wood oil and beeswax, and hey presto – can you see where this is all heading?

Juxtaposition

I liked the resulting funky juxtaposition of materials and textures. It also made a very practical coat hanger for the Small Mission Hall.

square peg round hole coat hanger
square peg round hole coat hanger

Not something you’ll find in your local furniture store or flat pack retailer. What makes it special is its inherent connected heritage with the Small Mission Hall.

It’s made with reclaimed ‘waste’ wood from the building then repurposed and given a new narrative and a different life. I like that.

Every human being is an artist, a freedom being, called to participate in transforming and reshaping the conditions, thinking and structures that shape and inform our lives.

Joseph Beuys

Influence errr…

Yeah, I know weekends are meant for relaxing, but I have also been thinking about developing an identity for the Small Mission Hall itself at the same time.

Outer Hebrides beach time
Outer Hebrides beach time

I wanted to develop a narrative that relates the building with its surrounding landscape. Age and heritage were key factors, along with the surrounding colours from the environment itself.

surrounding influences on colour branding
surrounding influences on colour branding

It was easy to find plenty of outside influences for the ideas. The area is rich in natural inspiration, I guess that’s part of the Outer Hebrides attraction.

So what you see here on the website is my interpretation and reflection on that.

Sticker up

Some people have been kind enough to support and encourage the idiocy of my project through Buy Me a Coffee – a very big thank-you from me, it means a lot!

Small Mission Hall support stickers
Small Mission Hall support stickers

As a little thank-you gift for such support, being a bit of a sticker fan, I designed some simple Small Mission Hall support stickers.

never mind… progress has been made
never mind… progress has been made

Crazy contrast

I managed to get a fair amount done on this trip. Now it was time to head back south for a London-based work project. The contrast of work environments could not be more different!

best ever fuel station forecourt view?
best ever fuel station forecourt view?

Before catching the ferry back from the Isle of Harris, you get probably the best petrol station forecourt view in the world, unless you know better of course…

So what do you think?

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