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Posted on How do you work ? From detailed drawn out plans and sketches,or by rote ?

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 01:52 PM

Since I am a sculptor, I draw and plan, draw and plan.. research other people solutions and ideas… draw and plan. Computers have their place in my shop, but I can and love to draw by hand and make changes on the fly.. and see the object in my mind from all angles far easier and better than I can with CAD. Usually, I make a rough scale mock-up model out of wood or cardboard to test out proportions and shapes.. which helps me plan out joinery and assembly issues.

Then I forgot about it for a week.. I like to let things grow in my subconscious… later I come back and draw and plan some more, and test out some methods. Since my back ground is Industrial Design, I have conditioned myself to me as perfect in each stage as I can. No matter what, one will make mistakes. IMO, it is a “master” who can hide them all.

Then I pick out the wood, finding the right wood is a pain… I have a lot, but it seems I always need more wood.. I need that perfect figure, to match the design… which even for all the drawings and planning still pretty much exists in my head more than on paper. Then I plan out my cuts.

I do not fear mistakes, I view them as my subconscious telling me to alter my plans. I take each mistake, each “oh crap” and use it to make the piece better…. so After this.. it’s like falling into the pool I was testing with my foot. Time to fly… and I go go go. I can get paralyzed when I hit a mistake or unplanned moment.. but that is part of the fun for me. Do testing of the process or material… find the solution.. and move on.

The biggest difference between me and a cabinet maker, is that the cabinet is eventually finished. In sculpture, I have to choose when I am finished… and the possibility of overworking can ruin a piece just as dropping it off a roof. So I guess my process is to prepare my instincts as much as possible and let my skills and talent flow.

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