All my friends thought I was nuts for going back to full-time study when I was 30, but I sure showed them. I’m out of the corporate life, got a good stock of savings and now I can pursue my passion: crafting small animals out of wood so I can sell them at local markets. People love small wooden animals. Out of all the small wooden objects, they’re the most highly prized.
Of course, I now have to take all my business knowledge and apply it to this one project.
Where can I find a really good hardware store? Cheltenham would be the place to go, because it’s relatively central. I need somewhere I can go to pick up some timber, some tools for shaping timber, and there needs to be friendly advice on offer as well. I’m only at the very start of my two-year course, Carving Wooden Animals 101: A Very Basic Guide to the Founding Principles, For Beginners. I need to get an edge on everyone else in my class, so I can get the best grades and be apprenticed out to one of Melbourne’s master wooden animal carvers. That’s a basic requirement to joining one of the many wooden animal carving guilds, which is how your business gets properly started.
Basically, I need as much timber as possible. Several tons, if I can swing it. They won’t accept you into the guild if you haven’t carved at least ten-thousand animals, five-hundred from each of the base taxonomic classifications at least. No carving ten-thousand fish just because you’re good at them; they want to know you’re well-rounded. And I still need to complete my first assignment: a fifty-thousand-word thesis on what wooden animal carving means to me, spiritually.
You can see why I need the best timber supplies Cheltenham has to offer. My second assignment is carving a life-size unicorn, and not just any old wood will do.