When my husband and I talk about ‘taking the scenic route’, what we are really saying is:
“Well, that certainly didn’t go the way I expected it to, but we/I/it ~’got there’~ in the end!”.
Several of my carvings did that this past week.
For instance, I was convinced that one particular little piece of upcycled birch wood
(‘upcycled’ because it came from a tree that died and was cut down, but didn’t go to the landfill, and this piece didn’t go into the fire)
wanted to be a Panda bear Spoon Doll.
I drew a Panda bear with a heart.
I sat down and started carving.
A Panda bear…..
which, after several hours of carving, finally pointed out to me that,
really, all it wanted was for me to finally twig to the fact that it is a Kitten.
Sigh. She made herself heard… eventually!
And, so, she became a Ginger Kitten with Mittens, Thank you very much.
Thank goodness there was just enough wood to make sure that she had a perfectly question mark shaped tail.
Now, every time I look at her and turn her over in my hand, where she fits so sweetly,
I feel very happy.
Another little carving – a Hug Sister Spoon Doll let me know that I had totally missed the boat on her face and hair.
I was puzzled and twitchy about what was going on with her.
The face that I had painted on her was just so NOT her!
I’m not going to post a pic of the ‘wrong’ face, because it was wrong.
I thought and thought about her, then had an ‘aha’ .
I went to the studio did something else entirely different than the ‘aha’ to give her the face she wanted.
Isn’t that often the way?
I did what felt right, though, and was thrilled that, indeed – it WAS right!
She finally looks like she is supposed to!
I rushed off to show her to my husband
and did a little happy dance
and he joined me in the happy dance and
that made us both happy 🙂
(We are possibly the world’s WORST dancers, but that doesn’t stop us from doing little dances together in the kitchen
almost every day, and laughing and thanking goodness that no one can see us).
So, anyhow, this little Hug Sister Spoon Doll brought a little happiness into the world,
and that’s a good thing, I do believe.
And, the other day, I noticed that the ‘Kindness’ Spoon Doll had a problem.
I had written the words: ‘The Small Book of Kindness’ on her little book with permanent fine Sharpie,
and, oh, no! The walnut oil that I used to finish her had eaten the words…. they had faded from the cover of the book.
So, with great trepidation, I used my wood burner to burn the words onto the cover, and was enormously relieved
that the whole thing didn’t explode or catch fire- what with all the coats of walnut oil soaked into her!
Unfortunately, it’s much messier than the original words were. Sigh.
I also had been troubled by the heart looking more like a dagger than a kind and loving heart, so I re-carved it.
Now it’s softly rounded and kindly shaped heart. Whew. That’s better.
The Scenic Route.
Sometimes, it takes a few ‘goes’ to get to the place that feels just right.
Some people think that getting it wrong is a disaster.
Nope. It’s essential to be willing to take chances and see if something works.
If it doesn’t, then trying again
until it does.
It’s a challenging and interesting path to follow, but it’s a good one.
Here’s to the Scenic Route! It makes life so rich and interesting!
My week has been full of other ‘Scenic Route’ carving, but more about them, later.
Be well! Be safe, and be kind….
5 responses to “Taking the Scenic Route with My Carving”
Listen, listen, can you hear the whisper…Dance, dance – You can!
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Yesssss, yessss, yesss 😀
I really love your little Hug Sister Spoon Doll ! You most certainly gave her the face that she wanted and needed to have, and the result is that she’s both beautiful and alive, she’s such a little treasure.
The great thing about making things with your hands is that you usually know what you plan to do, but eventually never know where it will lead you to. Accepting and enjoying to take the scenic route is a nice way of putting it ! And most of the time, it gives you a great reward, even if you end up making something completely different from what you first expected.
Have a nice day !
I agree, Marie-Christine! We have to be willing to let go of our pre-conceived notions and listen to what the piece wants to become. It’s the only way that the work will take us in new directions 🙂
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