Back when I used to take acting classes, much was made of "happy accidents"; things that happened during a scene the actors did not plan but ultimately made it better. The example my old teacher used all the time was of Jodie Foster missing her chair in the movie Maverick. The fall was accidental but made the scene better. I have no idea if that is true because I have never seen the film, but you know, stories. This week I have an example of a woodworking happy accident. I made a bunch of small succulent planters out of wood scraps in prep for LA's newest flea market, DT Flea. I made them all different, sculpting them using the bandsaw and then the vertical sander.
I cut one of them too sharply in the bottom, making it so the planter would not stand up, but it would stay on one side. I liked the way it looked, but I had already drilled the hole for the succulent on the top and there was no way to keep a plant in there without the dirt falling out and making a mess. So I thought I had one less planter to sell. Oh well.
Enter my friend Melanie. She had recently gone on a plant-buying jag and saw a pic of my planters and said she wanted one for her Tillandsia. I said, hey! I have one that won't hold a regular plant, but will work for an air plant! After seeing another planter I had painted, she and her husband David decided they wanted theirs painted as well.
And here is the final result:
Moral of the story: You just never know what your woodworking mistakes will become. Maybe something better than you planned!