Wait for inspiration or go find it?

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Blog entry by mnpete posted 538 days ago 876 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was exposed to a really great quote by artist, Chuck Close, while watching a show called “Art Race” and it really got me thinking about how I approach our craft, and about how I want to grow.

Where do you find inspiration? What do you do? What do you give up to go get it?

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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#1 posted 538 days ago

Will have to agree with the basis of article, most design element away fines it way on a chain of event in the shop. Sometime it quit surprising how thing just fall into place over the years it almost like a six sense, but the key is to get into the trenches and battle. Also using site like this one have sparked ideas but the bulk of it is putting hands to work…good article and thanks for posting…BC

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 538 days ago

I find inspiration from spending many hours in my workshop having fun and getting ideas from prevuis pieces of work that I can expand and grow on. There are also a zillion things in nature and all around us that are full of ideas and inspiration just waiting to be discovered. It is like walking through the woods and looking for a tree.

Only fools wait around for something to happen…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#3 posted 538 days ago

For me, just working on any one piece spawns ten ideas for new directions, techniques or details.
The only problem is deciding which of these “inspirations” to follow up on.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#4 posted 538 days ago

I often find inspiration while working on a project prompting me to make changes as it progresses. Otherwise, anything I see or think has the potential to inspire, including other’s work of course, but we can also be exposed to a lot of ideas and images from the media that can added into the mix.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 536 days ago

Love this place and all the discussion that happens! I’m looking to try something new…setting up a schedule that gets me into the shop almost every day. It’s tough to keep that balanced with work and family, but I’d like to experiment with getting in some daily time to work, even if it’s for shorter sessions. I’d like to test this theory of working to experience inspiration.

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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