|Forum topic by RussellAP||posted 356 days ago||809 views||0 times favorited||39 replies|
356 days ago
No, I didn’t say to PLANE, I said PLAN.
You get into some project that has room for departure from the plan a bit, and before you know it you’ve gone off in a totally new direction. I made a wall hanging once out of some padauk bordered with walnut about 2”. As I looked at it, it became apparent that this was a chest or box lid, not a wall hanging at all. That chest turned out to be my finest work to date.
I want to make it clear that I do not support one way over the other, and in fact sometimes I am forced to alter a plan due to my own incompetence, but I try to learn from all kinds of things and this taught me some lessons. The folks who are able to follow a plan to the end usually make much better looking stuff and it serves it’s purpose better, but sometimes the plan deviation people can make stuff that captures the imagination and is a different kind of art.
So have you discovered the fun of letting the wood design some of your project or are you the type that has to have no deviations from the plan?
-- Mom always said, "you can do anything you put your mind to." The older I get the more I realize she was right.