I lost/mislaid my Coleman lamp and now it gets dark in the woods towards 4pm (and we’re in the gloomy “no sun” months). I found a storm lantern, but it just doesn’t cut the mustard. Seems somehow to make it darker (as they seem to say in novels) perhaps it’s a dark lantern.
It’s certainly too dark to read, but nevertheless, my breakfast reading is:
Very interesting book. Works over a very wide definition of craft including medicine, cooking, cello playing, glassblowing, programming to name just a few. It considers the craftsman, machines and their rise, the workshop (e.g that of Stradivari) , the workshop system, including apprenticeships, and gets deeper and deeper into issues such as material consciousness and the hand. I thoroughly recommend it.
Coincidentally, I’ve been repeat making spatulas (or spatulae as I would like to think in Latin) like Owen Jones makes 10 an hour of:
I’ve done quite a few now, and even sold some! Today’s …
Changed species from (English) sycamore to some kind of willow that I mistakenly took for alder. The two with the narrowest handles are the sycamore ones. I carved them in the dark last Thursday. This is what they looked like raw:
I’d missed putting the chamfer at the top of the handle on the bottom one. But otherwise they look kind of OK. Having thought about this a bit, I realised that I am working in the dark anyway when I cut down the blade/handle transition in the shave horse …
“The problem, she came to understand, lay in dwelling in that moment of “being as a thing”*. To work better, she discovered, she needed to anticipate what the material would become in its next, as-yet non-existent, stage of evolution. Her instructor called this simply “staying on track”.
*Previously explained thus “We have become the thing on which we are working.”
Simple huh? Read the book, Richard Sennett explains it well, and not in a long boring drawn-out kind of way either like some Utube phart.
Anyway, I’ve not just been making spatulae. I’ve a course coming up teaching a carved bowl. Thought I’d better brush up as I’ve not made one in a while. Took loads of tools with me, and forgot the blummin’ adze. So I used gouges instead – what an happy accident. Changed the inside of the bowl completely, nice and deep and one has steep sides and a flat bottom. I guess I could do it with the adze too, but it would take some practice.
PS, the Coleman lamp has turned up over the weekend and it gave great light this evening, especially after I’d pumped it up properly.
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