Sometimes at the start of a new wood carving project, I can’t fathom ever getting to the end. Very quickly, it becomes just about the pure motion of chipping away rather than the shape of anything forming. Each stage requires a different headspace for me — I start with chaotic, large chunks flying and have to end with calm, tiny adjustments. This might be why I often have a few pieces going at once. I rummage around the various in progress pieces reflecting as I go trying to match my state with what the wood in my hand needs.
One response to “Progress”
An interesting take on the process, and it reminds me of the Zen phrase, “How I do anything is how I do everything.” Be well, my friend.