Experience

So how does one gain experience or “become” experienced? Gary Player – arguably one of the greatest golfers ever – would often say ” the more I practise the luckier I get” I think that this is obviously key to getting better at your craft – you just gotta do it plenty! The skill will improve even though the improvement will be almost imperceptible.

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One of the dramatic visuals is ALWAYS keep your first spoon! This picture is of the first spoon I carved. My son keeps asking me to rework it as I have improved my skills a little. Not a chance – I do want to see where I have come from in my carving. There are so many things wrong with this spoon but hey – it may not be a piece of art but it still is functional.

With each piece I carve a little more knowledge is gained. I can carve a little thinner, a bit faster. I have less grain pullouts and importantly as my wife says – I hardly ever cut myself.

I find myself focusing on different aspects like the artistic appeal.

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With these scoops the lines of spalting totally dominated the design of the spoon for a more artistic representation.

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This very bendy spoon was pushing out the envelope to see if I could make a spoon out of any piece of root, no matter how twisted. I really like this piece.

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This pair was carved from a piece of Birch firewood to take advantage of the very striking brown and white.

I often hear – “do something that scares you everyday”. I usually get scared carving really thin. Sometimes though, the outcome is quite pleasing and experience is definitely gained.

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One piece in Olive I got so thin I could see light through it – now that was scary!

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So keep carving and oh yes – keep that first spoon!

 

 

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