Leather requires that you keep it clean. Avoid slopping stuff. Wash your hands–a lot. Keep your tools sharp. Plan ahead…take your time. As a result, you spend a lot of time sharpening stuff, sketching, doodling, washing your hands, cutting, stamping, more sharpening. I’ve pretty much mastered the “clean.”
That brings me to the “clutter.” My bench is always one mini-brainstorm away from disaster. Clutter destroys efficiency. I know all the rules, I just find it necessary to break ’em regularly to remind myself why we have them.
It’s a beautiful Thursday morning. I’m looking forward to hitting the bench. But first, the bench gets to hit me.