Learning to See
learning to carve consists to three elements, namely learning to use the tools, learning to sharpen the tools, and learning to see.
- sharpening the tools, is a skill which can be learned just by practicing it once one has understood the basics of how a sharp edge should look like. i believe, that every method works, a little perseverance is all it needs to get the tools properly sharpened.
- using the tools, can be learned easily in a few days , just by trying out the different ones, see how the cuts are shaped they are producing, trying them out in different directions to the grain, flipping them over so that the bevel is upwards, and trying them this way and observing how they now can be used to shape a ball, say,,, etc. it is basic skill, with no problems, just a little testing the tools and off you go …
- the essential in learning to carve however is learning to see… and, that is not easy, and never stops…
now, what does this “learning to see” mean ? and why is it important for carving ?
unfortunately, it is not so easy to describe, but in this article i want try to give some aspects of it, and some suggestions for how you can start learning to see to be able to carve what your heart desires … the aspects i will address here only are the more “technical” ones which one can “practice”, and with these alone you will be able to carve much better,,, and, finally, i will conclude this article by giving a few books and general hints for learning to see.
first, i want to talk about why looking is not seeing…
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