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Do you wish you could #BeMoreAwake during your day? There are a lot of distractions out there, and after a long day of pursuing your passion, you deserve the best sleep. James Gandy, a craftsman who creates impressive drawing machines, chases his creativity each morning and recharges throughout the day thanks to Beautyrest. Sponsored by Beautyrest

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- A good night's sleep for me is waking up relaxed and refreshed and ready to get back in the workshop. I think there's a great joy working with your hands, building something from scratch, taking raw materials, turning it into something useful or something interesting that people like. That's what life is all about, I think that there's a lot of distractions out there. The direct experience of growing and building, putting your hands in the dirt, the reward for that is immeasurable. My name is James Gandy. I make drawing machines. Everyday feels like another opportunity to figure something out and make something better than I have before. There's no end to that pursuit 'cause it can always be better. When I first start my day, I'll check the computer and see what orders came in. I have sent my work to every continent and almost every state. I'm approaching 800 drawings sold. I wasn't even that concerned about making a living. I mean, I was selling some drawings here and there, and then someone on Instagram reposted a video of mine with millions of followers. I moved out here about 10 years ago and I really wanted to get away from the city, be able to live and work in the same space so I didn't have to commute. Just having the time and the space to do it is fertile ground for creation. The first time I heard about the harmonograph, what they consisted of, I was here in the workshop late at night, listening to an interview. Something I had never heard of, but the name intrigued me, so I looked it up and discovered that it was quite wonderful and something that I was capable of making myself. The process of figuring out how a mechanism like that works, wow, it's complicated. I like to lay in bed and think about the next complicated part that I'm gonna attempt to make. When I'm drifting off to sleep, I'll turn these parts around and I'll blow them up bigger so that I could walk around next to it, and if I can see it that clearly, if I can slow all the parts down, it's a lot easier to actually build it. Getting a good night's sleep is really important. If I don't get a good night's sleep, there's no way I'm gonna figure this stuff out, this is not possible. The drawings are proof of sound mechanical movements, but the real art for me is the machines. There's real beauty in them functioning correctly. That's flow. That feeling when everything is working right and the ideas are there, and you have the skills because you've spent years developing them. This has brought me a lot of joy, way more than I would've ever expected. I had spent years learning about tools and materials, so when those seeds got planted in fertile ground, I was able to grow. Not sustenance like food, but certainly for the soul. Getting a good night's sleep, it's important for our long-term happiness. I feel more awake now.

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