Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Woodworking Advice

Believe me, I do know how bad this kuksa is starting to look. And I also found out—the hard way—that you should carve the inside of the bowl first.

So right now, I'm trying to figure out how to get Robin Wood to come to the states so he can teach me how to carve one of these correctly.

We're leaving for vacation tomorrow and I'm taking this gumpy, misshapen piece of wood and my carving knives with me.

And as I'm trying to learn a new skill, I'm reminded of a pearl of advice from the man who taught me lettercarving: Walk away while you're still having a good time. If you wait until you're frustrated, you'll never go back to it.

I think the drive through the spectacular Shenendoah Valley to our destination will be the perfect walking away experience.