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8 July 2019
￼￼￼Have you ever been in a situation where you know more or less what you want to do/make, but when you start another thought comes into your head concerning said project, which, in turn, necessitates a bit more pondering as to how this will impact visually, technically and so on – but think it is a good idea nonetheless?
I found myself in such a situation the other week. I had a plan for a simple open-topped salad/fruit bowl. Nothing fancy, just wonderful wood with a nice complementary shape that would be a beautiful – well, hopefully – well-turned, functional bowl. I had a nice rough-turned bowl, with a cored-out middle section too, in the shop from an earlier batch I did.
1 July 2019
Our feature this month is about Tudor shipwrights. I can’t help a wry smile, because the techniques they practised then and the tools they used persisted well into the 20th century. Indeed, during World War II, the ‘land girls’ were sometimes involved in the felling and conversion of timber, backbreaking work at the best of times, only made easier by the use of large circular sawmills, but otherwise tools such as axes were more basic and traditional. Some years ago I met an elderly gentleman at a woodworking show who had trained as a coffinmaker and regularly had to work a two- man pit saw, a cloth cap being necessary protection from the sawdust constantly falling on him as the unlucky man in the pit.
It’s no secret that we all learn from our mistakes, they are after all part of the process of honing one’s skills and finding out what works and what doesn’t. Imagine though, how far we would all come in a much shorter period of time if we shared more of our failures instead of concentrating on celebrating our successes.
OK, apologies for the philosophical opener so soon into this month’s proceedings but I learnt a valuable lesson this month; the more mistakes I make the better informed I become. Eventually. There comes a time in your career when the things that used to take forever to work out seem to suddenly take care of themselves.
￼I often hear about what carvers are making and doing. Most say they are not doing as much as they would like, but admit to not focusing on one thing at a time and having many projects on the go at various stages of completion.
Most carvers admit to also pursuing other crafts and hobbies, such as bird-watching, calligraphy, drawing, pottery, photography and so on and some also venture into other woodworking disciplines like cabinetry, marquetry and turning. It is the turning that I am going to pick up on here.
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