You might not think it when you look at a beautiful handcrafted table, made from reclaimed barn wood, but the creator of this table didn’t just make a table, instead, they were actually solving a problem. That problem is, where do I put these dinner plates? Or, where do my coffee mugs go? Every handcrafted good is so much more than the sum of its parts. At their very core, they are all solutions to some problem. Welded wine racks? Solves the problem of wine storage. Solid oak dresser? Solves the problem of clothing storage.
We are living in a time when you can buy just about anything you could dream of. Heck, there are a lot of things out there that don’t solve any problems at all, but they rely heavily on marketing fluff to sell. Your skilled trades don’t require any of that. Nobody needs some fancy marketing scheme to tell them what painting they should buy or what the best 2×4 is. In a world where you’re getting advertised too just about every second of your day, I’d take that as a sign. Real trades that solve real problems have never gone out of style, not since man created the first tool. To us and our community, solving problems is half the fun of what we do. It takes a special kind of person to understand and identify a problem or inefficiency and then be able to sketch, cut, chop, saw, and hammer that whole thing together. Maybe you’re that person at the office that everybody is asking for help from when the weekend comes. If that’s not you, I bet you know one of those people.
Many thousands of years ago one of the most important inventions in the world was created. The wheel. After its creation, the levels of productivity and efficiency skyrocketed. The wheel solved one of the most important problems at the time and it continues to be something in which we heavily rely on. Can you imagine your life without the wheel?
The House of Doers community is a place for an open discussion on how to continue to innovate. Visit our forums and bounce your ideas around with other tradesmen and women. Find your best solution to solving your individual problems and then get out there and build it. At House of Doers, we want to put the builders, the makers, and the doers, front and center and let you have a place to talk about all your brilliant, and maybe not so brilliant, ideas. So, come on in, learn a thing or two, share your wisdom, and let’s get to work.