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    I sit down with a purpose in mind before each session. I find that I stray from that focus. Is that something that is common or am I just "short attention spanned"? It seems to me that as I am working on my original intention something else catches my eye and I want to do that before I forget.

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    Normal enough
    Herb

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    • #3
      I agree! A lot of carvers will start out with an idea for a block of wood and find something else in the wood...

      Claude
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      • #4
        I start out with a pattern and try to stick to it as close as I can.
        . . .JoeB

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        • #5
          My finished carvings seldom look like the one that was in my head when I started...
          Wayne
          If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...

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          • #6
            Unless you're carving as some form of business, it's a hobby. Follow your interests, enjoy it.

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            • #7
              31301FA9-8E99-4E7C-AE76-83068B7BC8CA.jpeg I call it brain lock, when I start to lose focus. When you’ve been work 30 minutes on an ear. Perhaps an advantage of doing larger pieces when this happens I just change up and make hair for a while.
              Ed
              Living in a pile of chips.
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              • #8
                I just start carving and let the carving take me where it will. No set goals, or time limit, just carving where the wood needs attention. I find that staying loose helps me to address the subject as a more integrated whole rather than a conglomeration of separate parts.

                Everyone has their own personal approach, none is wrong, it's whatever works for you.
                Arthur

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                • #9
                  I've had the problem all my life. Have yet to figure out whether I'm OCD or ADHD!

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                  • #10
                    A old carver once told me the wood tells you what to do. I find that to be true, no two of my carvings come out the same. There is always something different.

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                    • #11
                      I don't ever have any carving purpose in mind in the usual sense. Might be 15 seconds ( there's a salmon in the block and I'm holding it by the tail) or I walk past a chunk of a log for 2+ years before I see the sea turtle in it.
                      Once that happens, the rest of the carving, as stylized as they all are, is very straight forward to do.
                      I never succeed with a book pattern and jump into the wood.

                      Maybe I have an idea. Like, I want to carve a stylized Raven which needs to be about 24" tall. I have piles of wood blocks both in the house and out back. Haven't seen the Raven in any of them so far.
                      Maybe I have not studied them well enough yet.
                      Maybe need to go out to a cedar mill and look for that bird in the block piles.

                      Right now, I'm recovering from a long sick spell where I saw nothing in any wood. No carving, no tool making even.
                      Brian T

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Randy View Post
                        A old carver once told me the wood tells you what to do. I find that to be true, no two of my carvings come out the same. There is always something different.
                        I see that when I am carving these pieces of bass wood I bought. True they are pretty homogeneous but I see where direction, depth and length matters and it is due to the wood.

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