I find instrument making and playing to be intimately linked together. I enjoy doing both equally. Sometimes I lean more one way than the other for a while but the focus always swings back and forth and more or less balances itself out.
I also find myself focused on different instruments as well and the same principal applies; sooner or later they all receive my focused attention.
Lately I have been spending a lot of time in the shop making some dulcimers to show at a few festivals.
Sometimes someone will find a dulcimer that is exactly what they want, other times they get an idea of what I have to offer and order something more specific to their personal preferences.
I also play and/or teach at these festivals and that gives me inspiration to keep my musical skills well honed.
And then there’s the rest of my life that occasionally deserves some attention……