Share the Love~Share the Knowledge
It is very exciting to watch the growth of others, especially knowing that I have contributed to their development.
It is very humbling when they honor you with a gift that is made with their own hands. My friend, a metal sculptor, pointed out that these are spiritual gifts. I think he nailed it with that assessment.
I have run my hands over both projects many times in constant amazement at how soft they are. It is funny to find myself doing this to someone else’s project because I see others do it to mine. The difference is that when I finish a project I am already intimate with it. When someone else is introduced to my work they are establishing their own relationship with it through visual and tactile means. Now, I am establishing a relationship with someone else’s work.
Real time, effort, and emotion is captured in these projects. It has been encapsulated and given to me. It is a very profound and meaningful thing that I have affected someone else in a positive and encouraging manner so that they may create such beautiful objects.
This is a legacy, but it is not really my legacy. This is the legacy of others that have been generous to me with their knowledge and support and I have been given the responsibility to pass it on.
I thank Mike Shea and Blake Weber for the fine gifts. My wife especially is grateful for the leaf box because we can keep this one in the house. She fell in love with the one that I showed her in Blake’s gallery when he first posted it. For both of these guys I am always showing my wife their latest projects.
Thanks again, it has been a great joy watching you guys grow as artists.
Peace, Love, & Woodworking
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com