Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Whittling/Carving Zone!

Giving yourself the best chance for a successful whittling/carving session is important.  I call this "getting into the whittling/carving zone".  You will know when you're "in the zone" when time seems to stand still.  When you are unaware of anybody around you.  When your knife makes precise, effortless cuts; that you visualize in your head.  Where all stop cuts are precise and where other cuts "stop" at the stop cut, and are so clean that there are no "fuzzies".   And finally, where you complete a piece that looks just like you planned and visualized it. 

To give yourself the best chance of getting into this zone you need to control some or all of the following variables:
. The light is natural and bright,
. Your hands are steady,
. Your grip is firm and painless,
. Chair is comfortable,
. Your eyes are focused,
. No one to interrupt you,
. No cell phone,
. Your knife is super sharp,
. Your carving wood is of the best quality,
. And no "deadlines", no where to be except in a chair with a good knife and piece of wood.

Strive for the above, get into the zone and give yourself the best chance for the best whittling/carving fun.

1 comment:

Bruutmans said...

Hi Tom,

. The light is natural and bright; Yes,i`m sitting in front of a window,always good aint it?

. Your hands are steady,
Always.

. Your grip is firm and painless,
Firm grip,no problem,but painless is undoable. That will never go away,so i`ll just ignore it,lol.

. Chair is comfortable,
I completely redesigned my chair with ducttape and old blankets

. Your eyes are focused,
Yes i have glasses

. No one to interrupt you,
Maybe the wife with some coffee?

. No cell phone,
Okidokie

. Your knife is super sharp,
Hmmm,some of the knives are,lol. I still have to master the art of the wetstone.

. Your carving wood is of the best quality,
Ow yeah! Basswood you cal it i think,is ordered. Oak is being collected (in the woods) bij hand.

. And no "deadlines", no where to be except in a chair with a good knife and piece of wood.
And a soft radio in the background. I always need some music whil working a piece.

I think i have the list pretty ok and in order.