|Forum topic by David Craig||posted 617 days ago||909 views||0 times favorited||24 replies|
617 days ago
There is a favorite joke I heard about Pablo Picasso -
A man recognizes Picasso in a diner. Happy to have finally met the artist and wanting a souveneir for the occasion, he asks him to draw a quick sketch for him. “Just something simple and quick. I will even pay you for it.” So Picasso draws a quick Cubist sketch of the man on a napkin and hands it to him. “How much do I owe you?” the man asks. “Five Thousand dollars” is Picasso’s reply. “Are you nuts!” the man yelled. “It only took you five minutes to make this sketch.” “Yes,” Picasso replied, “but it took me my whole life to learn how to draw this way.”
I think about this little story when I see the work of others on here. When I admire Martyn or David’s boxes, see some of Don’s plane restorations, or look at Jordan’s carvings. When they state the amount of tme it took for them to work a project, it sometimes has the illusion of being very brief. “If I had to do that, it would take me years…” we might say to ourselves. In truth, it did take them years as well. Years of developing their skills, honing their capabilities, and taking the time to understand their tools and materials.
This is one of those things that gets taken for granted by others, as well as ourselves. This hobby/craft/vocation is not about immediate gratification. When I was working my cutting boards, there were a few moments when I felt a sense of accomplishment, not necessarily in the project itself, but in the comfort I had with working in the shop, having a more clear idea of what I wanted to do, and some confidence in exercising the task.
Have any of you worked a project in which it hit you on how far you have gone? A certain enjoyment in being comfortable in your craft so that the project was not just an exercise in problem solving, but represented, in yourself, a sense of accomplishment that was a result of the tme you invested in developing these skills?
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.