Packaging the crysknives was an enjoyable experience (working with corrugated cardboard is as fun as moulding liquid plastic into coherence, it turns out), but shipping is the part I’d always been dreading.
It’s a bit scary, sending your first pieces out to the world. As a craftsman, all my promises and all the expectations people have formed of my work will be tested and scrutinised. It’s one thing to talk about what one is doing in a blog–there’s always a way to highlight the good parts and downplay the bad or hype the whole thing up altogether. You can crop photos and choose good angles. But when the piece is in the hands of another person to judge, you’ll just have to hope and pray all the heart you put into your work shines through.
All those existentialist thoughts were put aside when I made my trip to DHL with three packages bound for the UK, Canada and the US. The most pressing concern had was ensuring that my stuff gets through safe and sound. I could’ve settled for the cheaper alternative with the local government-run post office. But I do not want to entrust a product that’s taken months of hard work with a corrupt and inefficient bureaucracy and I went for an international courier.
DHL is quite pricey, yes. But not only did they promise to deliver crysknife #1 within four days, they overdelivered in that regard! I kept getting calls at the office from people consistently updating me on shipping details, too! Overall, definitely worth the wait.
I had this really solemn moment at the DHL office when my first packages were finally labelled and prepped for shipping. Verdi’s Grand March started playing in my head for some reason, and I thought: this feeling is probably close to how I’d feel sending my first kid to university, or seeing him graduate.
I was relieved to receive this email from my first client