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My story of how I started to carve (1996-2016)

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Blog entry by FancyChip posted 12-16-2016 06:17 AM 901 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was a kid, I had a passion for…music. Learning music and playing instruments was my life and I thought of nothing else until all my beloved teachers left, one by one, within a year, and I was left without any musical role models. I felt sad and a little betrayed; I lost all interest in music and refused to play. For a while, I didn’t have anything I loved doing, but one day, my very concerned mom came home with an application to a fine-arts school, and I thought – “why not give it a shot?”
I’m so glad I did because that’s where I found my true passion – creating things with my hands. Now, wood carving is my life. I still love music and always play my favorite tunes while drawing and planning out new patterns – beautiful melodies inspire me as I go and remind me of special and important moments in my life, which are a big part of my designs. When I’m carving, I like to work in silence – the process becomes a kind of meditation and a path to self-reflection and introspection – an activity that brings peace and satisfaction to my introverted nature. My designs are a tribute to my childhood home – a cozy wooden house – and to all the happy memories from that time. I am often inspired by beautiful landscapes and nature, film, books, and, of course, music. As an artist, I always strive to create something original, something that is reflective of my experience, something authentic; that means that I sometimes I break rules and throw conventions of the craft out the window, but that’s what makes my work true, real, and mine.

Thank you for reading and looking!

-- Tatiana, 26 y.o, https://www.instagram.com/tatbalcarvings/



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#1 posted 12-16-2016 07:18 AM

I enjoyed reading your stroy. Thanks for sharing.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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#2 posted 12-16-2016 07:29 AM

Tatiana, your story is beautiful. I can relate personally to losing the opportunity to pursue music as a career. I’m happy for you that you have succeeded so well in woodworking. You are just getting started, I can’t wait to see what you do next.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#3 posted 12-16-2016 02:22 PM

Great story, woodworking is a great passion. You are very talented, and have a great eye for balance in your work. Lots of people cannot see the finished product, you obviously can, it is a great gift.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 12-16-2016 04:47 PM

Tatiana … thanks for sharing your story and pictures.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 12-16-2016 04:58 PM

A very nice story …... you a still very young and have your whole life ahead of you …... Like I said before your work seems to become nicer and nicer with every box you create …... Keep up the excellent work ….. you go girl …. LOL

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 12-16-2016 05:35 PM

Your story was wonderful just like your work. I am always amazed with your skill and creativity.

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#7 posted 12-16-2016 06:24 PM

Tatiana – I too enjoyed your story and I’m happy for you that you found a passion. How long were you in school and was your primary focus chip carving? Thanks for all the photos – always enjoy seeing your work and being amazed at your talent.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#8 posted 12-16-2016 06:55 PM

Tatiana, I love your work and every piece of yours that I have seen displays a high degree of artistic talent as well as a mastery of the tools that you use. Your work is so precise and full of craftsmanship and it’s always interesting to find out how a craftsman of your skill got to your current level of achievement . Your work should be an inspiration to any chip carver as well as other artists.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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htl

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#9 posted 12-16-2016 09:03 PM

Always interesting to hear how others got into their style of wood working.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#10 posted 12-16-2016 11:33 PM

Thanks for sharing. You do some outstanding work….

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#11 posted 12-17-2016 12:50 AM

Thanks for your story. Like the others I enjoy your ART!

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#12 posted 12-17-2016 05:23 AM

It is wonderful that you found your passion and, most of all, your willingness to share your work with us!
Thank you!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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