#36 Wood Carving: Accidents will happen.
What is the difference between an amateur and a professional? Since I am a junior high school teacher, this question comes up often in various forms. We talk a lot about driving cars.
The more self-assured guys and girls believe they are ready, at age 14, to drive. We have a great time talking about what they know about cars, operations, rules and dangers. There are many students who don’t even want to think of driving yet, but the braver ones are ready, now.
Our discussion will always come back to, “Why can’t we drive Mr. K?” My response runs this way. We know you know how to drive cars – “yeah, I’ve driven down my street lots of times (don’t tell the cops).” And we know you know a lot about the parts of cars, gassing it up, caring for it (not that you always do without being ordered to do so). And we know you could handle yourself on the road, all that four-wheeling experience comes into play. But, and here is the amateur/professional tag line, what happens when things go wrong?
My students often do not reflect on what they would do in the driver’s seat when things go wrong on the road. They have not seen many deer on the road, held the wheel with a flat tire going, needed to avoid a pot hole, dealt with ice and snow on the road or faced the unexpected motorist in the wrong lane. The point, the amateur (inexperienced) driver will not react correctly to the sudden problems which arise on the road. The professional, in contrast, is much more adept at dealing with those sudden problems.
It is no different in the world of carving. The amateur sees a carving ruined by a wrong cut or a broken piece. The professional sees just one more obstacle to overcome to arrive at a finely finished piece. Carving, and much of life, is about having a goal, identifying the problems and difficulties, and overcoming them with class and style.
So, here is “Tiny,” broken into several piece after being knocked down, having been placed in a poor location. Now the question, what must be done to salvage him. Steps to follow – clear the pieces of any debris, select the correct glue, refit the pieces, re-carve any place needing work and then painting the hat in such a way that no one will know the difference.
We will show Tiny refitted and completed later.
By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place. Proverbs 3:19