|Forum topic by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 08-29-2009 05:23 AM||1216 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
08-29-2009 05:23 AM
I can see from some of your profiles that many LumberJocks are also into fishing – given several of you even posed with your catch in your profile pictures! Teri and I have taken a few trips together that included some fishing and one of our long term goals is to make it to Alaska – just to go, but also to find ourselves some activities to keep us entertained. Fishing being one of many …
About ten years ago Patty Edel was back in New Jersey for a visit and while getting the grand tour of the latest updates to our house she mentioned a few times her appreciation for the skills required to restore a house, build furniture, and admired a few of the carvings around the house. Meanwhile she was describing her travels, and at the time lack of any real roots or base to personalize as her own. Of course my comments focused on her lifestyle, mostly being a bit jealous that she is literally living day to day what the rest of us have to save up for a year to experience for a week every so often.
Now – regarding the topic question “Is a fishing guide an artist?” ... take a moment and read this blog entry and let us know what you think. My vote is yes – the characteristics of a good guide (fishing, hunting, etc.) correspond with those of an artist.
This may not be something you have thought about before – but if you do put some thought into it you may find that you can improve your skills in the field, on the stream, or in the shop by changing your methods of observation and focus. Creative inspiration comes from many sources – and for many of us that are into woodcarving the outdoors is often one of the primary pallets.
Enjoy – and if you’re up for it – get in touch w/ Patty and plan yourself a fly fishing adventure!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com