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I think more artisans should be like Ron Swanson

–Stay out of drama. Who cares what kind of yarn you use? What does it matter if your stripes aren’t perfectly even and matched? Do what you want with your craft and stay out of crafter drama. 

–Don’t have too many WIPs. Never half ass two things. Whole ass one thing. 

–Take pride in your work, but also be proud of the hard work of others in your field. Ron fanboyed hard about other woodworkers and praises other craftspeople 

–Work hard every day. Ron makes chairs, bed, canoes, harps. he’s always working. 

–Have a quality workplace. Ron’s workroom is only for his work. There’s never any business, never a lot of people. Just Ron working on his craft. 

–Don’t mass produce. Ron’s work is special because it’s handmade. If it was outsourced or if  a bunch of other people worked on it, it wouldn’t be unique. And you don’t have to sell everything and make things for everyone all the time. Ron makes something because it is beautiful and useful. Not because someone offered him money.

–Make things for your friends and don’t overcharge them. Leslie bought the wood for her stage and Ron built it for free. And Ron made Anne and Chris a Baby Carriage thing because they are his friends and had a baby.  

–Use your craft to barter. When Brandanwitz helped Ron get his shop up to code, Ron paid him with a canoe. 

–Eat well before, after, and during your work. Doesn’t have to be a steak from Mulligans. Or fancy whiskey. Water and snacks is fine. 

–Do not let your children (fur or human) have store bought crap. When Ron and Diane were having a baby, Ron made a crib. He didn’t buy some crap from the store, he used his amazing skill to make a powerful strong crib that could be used for multiple children and multiple generation. Sweaters, slippies, dresses, etc. Make what you can. 

Feel free to add your own Ron Swanson inspired advice!