"The best laid schemes o mice an men / Gang aft a-gley." "To A
Mouse", Robert Burns.
We often become prisoners of our plans. It is often mistakes that
offer us the first glimpse of freedom. The unintended consequence is
a two edged sword and we'd best use the one to cut the bonds.
"We need new forms.", The Seagull, Anton Chekhov.
We must have new forms and we will, so long as we pay attention to the
creative opportunities that are afforded to us by screw ups.
Most of the really neat stuff I've made came about as a response to
some sort of flaw in the initial design, or in the materials
I wonder how much spalted wood was burned before someone decided to
embrace its peculiarities and incorporate it into, and, in fact,
feature it, in an object.
I wish I had back all the green pieces of poplar that I've cut away.
Now I like to use it and let it show. I only ever got rid of it
because someone told me it was wrong to keep it.
How would Nakashima's work look if he'd insisted on flawless wood
instead of using his famous butterflies?
Keep making mistakes. They can be your friend.
Tom Watson - Woodworker
Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania
That's the fun of working without "plans" - all along
the way it leaves options for some serendipity. That
can be a blessing or a curse - the results of a
serendipitous (sp?) act can be an "Ah!", a Ho-Hum or
an "Ah SH*T!" thing.
Spent parts of this summer playing with kids.
Figuring out how to come up with ways to make some
of their ideas in wood and in a way that they could
do much of the work was fun. The child like
approach to things was refreshing. Whimsical should
be a part of the design/build/finish process.
(But RED paint!?)
Not when you cut the taper on the outside face of the last leg to be tapered
... it was even marked! Had to come in the shop to keep the tears from
rusting the tools ... I can't hurt myself on a computer, can I?
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