Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
"Finding your Voice"....

keith tompkins
>is a phrase we hear frequently as turners, and judging by some recent comments on WC, is pretty annoying to many of us.

I think the phrase is interchangeable with "developing your own style", and it is something artists in many fields strive to achieve.

As an example, I studied guitar for several years, so I'm aware that most players strive to develop a recognizeable style of their own. In many cases, it's easy to recognize a guitarist after listening to just a few notes being played....BB King, Eric Clapton, Mark Knoffler, Chet Atkins, (to name a few) each have a distinct style. Thousands of players have emulated their playing styles.

In flat woodworking the name Sam Maloof is another good example of someone with a distinct style, whose work has influenced many. He found his voice long ago.

I think aspiring turners are faced with a similar situation...in order to gain name recognition, acceptance in good galleries, etc., we need to develop a recognizeable style as well. After all, there is a lot of competition out there. Works by Bin Pho or Jacques Vesery are good examples of this....their pieces are instantly recognizeable to nearly all turners, and are highly sought after by collectors.

How many turners are trying to "find their voice", and how many think the term is just so much esoteric nonsense...? I'm Curious, since I spend quite a bit of time on the subject in my demos and classes.

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If you want some really good input...
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See the wood, be the wood, turn the wood.
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Mostly my voice says...
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I know my voice, its Alto
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It depends on your aspirations
Well said, Brian. *NM*
Interesting thread!
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It is two different things, John, but
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Oh darn are those romans copying me again. *NM*
Think it's nonsense
Personally, I think it's "finding your rut"
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Well Said Ruth!
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Ron, if you consider that Nirvana....
I have a Frog in my throat.. But Ruth
Our voices are a reflection of our experiences
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Re: Yea Bill !!! :) *NM*
LOL!!!!!! *NM*
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"Finding your Voice" is almost a ...
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Re: Keith- as a former guitar player......
What are "wheat berries"? *NM*
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Thanks Allen :-) *NM*
Not to be confused with...
Tell us what you really think, Barbara!! LOL *NM*
No, I Better Not :-) *NM*
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