So here is the first entry on my new blog! I have always been interested in art since I was young. I particular enjoyed drawing, especially super heros. When I was in junior high, I casually sauntered into the art classes that were starting and pretended that I had actually signed up for them and I was supposed to be there. Either they never figured it out or someone was kind enough to support a kid who reaaaalllly wanted to be in art class. I had hopes of continuing art in college, but being poor and finally realizing I couldn’t sneak into college somwhat changed my plans. I enlisted in the Navy and continued painting and drawing and creating things even as I learned the skills for my eventual professional career with computers. I started woodworking after I married my lovely wife. We loved antiques and discovered I could get some really good deals if I was willing to repair or re-finish things. A lot of antiques have ornate carvings and I slowly became interested in that aspect of furniture repair. That really peaked with a rocking horse that I made for my daughter.
I gradually stopped woodworking as my daughter grew and I had less furniture to repair and more soccer and more work and just more everything. My tools rusted and saw very little use. Until we visited a craft show and I saw canes and carvings of wood spirits. I bought one and eventually told my wife. “I bet I could carve one of those!” That was in November of 2008 and I became really interested in woodcarving. It required a lot less wood than furniture (usually) and a lot less tools (so I keep telling myself). At the beginning of March 2009, I was let go from my job of 16 years.
This was somewhat shocking, but I had hopes of going into business with a former co-worker later int the year. I did the usual job search things, but I had a certain peace, a certain sense that things were going to be OK. So, I decided I was going to use this time of being “under-employed” to immerse myself in carving, to learn, to create, to see if I could make a living doing it, or if I even wanted to.
I spent as much as 13-14 hours per day for about six months and sold a few things and eventually was fortunate enough to get another job in the computer field. I also learned that I love to carve, that I AM capable of learning new tricks, and that I prefer carving as an art rather than a craft. What I realized is that I have more fun when I am creating things that interest me (rather than carving plaques and signs). I intend to continue to learn and improve my skills and I have also improved in marketing my art. Drawing is just not as interesting anymore….especially when I compare it to carving out something new for myself and for others.
Thanks for looking,
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mpounders1.blogspot.com