Well, the Xmas and new year period is over, and it's back to reality. I gave myself a few days off over the holiday, and have done little work. I needed that.
Now, I have been trying to make a living over the past year, out of making knives and leather work and turning that into a proper small business. I don't think it's going to go anywhere much. Just as well I have a part time job that I like doing. I was selling quite a few knives when I started last year. It didn't last long! Now? I have a couple of fixed blade knives to make and a folder. That's it. The recession is obviously bitting, or, what I make people don't want, or I am not good enough at promoting my work. Probably a combination of all these. Besides, it costs to promote your work. It won't help to have the VAT increase, the fuel price increase we had in the last few days, and of course the VAT increase will make the price of fuel increase yet again. Can't have those big businesses and bank make a loss now, can we? Never mind the little people. Who care about them? Certainly not the government, despite their "Big Society" and "we're all in this together" meaningless crap.
Maybe I don't make enough stuff. But then I am not a factory in China, churning out millions of cheap tat, which it seems is what people want, not an "expensive" hand made knife.
How is a craftsman supposed to make even a modest living? and does anybody really care, except other crafsmen & women and their family? "I don't know" and "I don't think so".
Any one with any ideas? I'd love to hear.
Funnily enough, I am not feeling terribly down about it all. It wouldn't help anyway. More pissed off with, and detached from, it...wondering what's going to come next!