Turning Archive 2006

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Re: Woodturning as an ART medium...

Keith T
>Most interesting thread...my take..If one aspires to create a place for themselves in the world of woodturning (or any other field) they must strive to find their own voice. Something uniquely theirs, a recognizeable style.

I think too often, we have a myopic view of our craft, studying with known masters of turning while ignoring the big picture of what's happening in the rest of the world, while also
failing to study the history of turning. Too many times, a direct influence can be seen....for instance, a turner spends a week with Bin Pho. As a result, the turner takes a completely new direction in his work, neglecting what he's done before. By creating thin-walled pierced turnings, is he now closer to finding his voice? I don't think so....Bin's work was influenced by his life experiences; how can mimicking his style help find your OWN voice? No wonder the topic of plagiarism won't go away.

I would suggest to anyone striving to find their "voice": examine where you are in your turning career...where are your strong points, and what are your weak points? Are you doing professional quality work, and applying perfect finishes? If not, I would suggest perfecting your work before proceeding to seek the "voice" thing.

I am in the position to see this phenomenon time after time...students come to me, needing assistance moving on to the next level in their work. Yet, their work contains many flaws, from torn grain, poor proportions, poor finish, etc.. You KNOW from my previous posts what I'm going to say...Go back, and eliminate the problems before going any further.

I think what Terry is noticing is a result of the things I've listed. Too many people wanting to be recognized as an artist without putting in the time and effort to build a good, solid foundation.

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Strong analogy to pottery / ceramic art
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"finding one's own voice"
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