Rod L. Posted February 15, 2012 Report Share Posted February 15, 2012 Hi Everyone, I'm curious about your carving techniques. I figure that most of this more applies to the organic material carvers, but I guess it could apply to you stone carvers too. Do you go through a major planning stage when you carve? Do you refine sketches of what you want to do and make sure that everything is all balanced, just so, or do you pick up and start carving and and let the piece help dictate how it will turn out? I know that I personally tend to lean mostly towards what I call free handing, or zen carving. What I mean by this, is having a vague to no idea exactly what is going to come out in the end. Little to no preplanning is required, and the piece just talks to you as you carve. I have had carvings that when I went in to carve something very specific has kinda Said no I don't wanna be this, I wanna be something else, instead. Usually when I listen to the piece it turns out to be something really cool, and one that I am really proud of. Yes I have had pieces that after spending several hours of work into them have gone into the scrap pile, but it has kinda turned into a meditative process when I carve. The way I feel, and how the piece of material that I am working on at the time tend to dictate what the final product becomes. It occurs to me that I can't be the only one that does this. It really allows for my own creative energy to flow into what I do, and in the end you can almost feel the creative spark vibrating within, the piece itself. Does this make sense to anyone? Also, do you ever have those carvings that after you have finished it, that you look at them and shrug, thinking Meh, maybe someone will like it. Those that you just really just don't care for, but are too nice and have too much time invested to just throw them in the scrap heap. Sometimes I feel that if I were to preplan my carvings more thoroughly I might advance faster as a carver, but I will say that the journey to this point in my carving "career" has been a lot of fun, and an incredible journey, and an adventure, that I wouldn't trade for anything. Peace, Rod Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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