Lately I have been very fortunate to connect with many important artisans. All of this spoon carving business, website, and wood crafting has not only shown me things about myself, but has begun to show me the interest and support that other people can supply back onto me and this work I have been doing. I am very grateful for the positive communication. Thank you!
It is nice to leave the daily news turned off and make some of our own positive headlines I think. Far too much negativity and violence shown all of the time. So I try like many of you out there with our skills to connect with people through the love of woodcraft.
My wish is to get more younger people involved, especially youths that have next to nothing growing up. They need this in their lives, a positive path to earn and learn skills through honest hard work.
I feel the push for excellence in youth sports is extremely out of control in our current times. Athletics can be a great experience but one that I feel is becoming too important while kicking away the arts and crafts young people benefit from as well if not more than sports.
Competition is all well and good, but in art there is expression and everyone has their own style and place where their creative ideas have a stage to be represented.
I feel it is an obligation of all of us older people to keep the spirit of craft work alive and well, especially traditional woodwork.
Woodworking with traditional hand tools was the first time in my life where I understood that if I wanted something…..I had to make it all on my own as well as do the work. That is not the worst lesson to learn at 39…lol. Now soon to be 42 I feel my life has been enriched by these lessons in the grains of mighty timber.
Once you pour your blisters, sweat and soul into making shavings at the shaving horse there is no other way of making something that can satisfy you in any other way. Your muscles with each row of the draw knife grow sore but your spirit is destined to carrying the ideas until the last shave is had. That feeling of looking down the grain, feeling its shapes you made with it and knowing the job was well worth the grit you mustered to make it is what this is all about.
I think it is a primal revival that many more than a few people crave to take on in this life of touch screens and computer tablets.
It is a visit to surviving your own ideas. It’s finding the paths to take with each tool to tame the knots of pine and wrestle the stubborn oak. Once your path makes these footsteps to the past of craft work, your realization is that this style of making things is your forever future.
At the end of the day this is just my version of making some sense in a fast pace world. Everyone has their own road to walk, I am thankful mine has brought me here.
When things get too complicated I would suggest to enjoy short moments and find the good in simple things.
Thank you for enjoying a little time with me here in text.
Keep making shavings and enjoy the video and some blues giiiiiiitarrrr.
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