Friday, July 17, 2015
process and mindfulness...
In the other image, I've made inlay of red oak, walnut, mahogany and maple that will be cut into thin slices. Sections of it will be used as inlay on tiny boxes. The coarse grain pattern of the red oak makes the pattern appear more complex than it actually is.
Raytheon, a weapons manufacturer, claims to have made a fully operational, completely 3-D printed guided missile. Our culture's enthusiasm for plastics and for effortless stuff may have thus taken an even darker turn. The oceans are each awash in ever growing gyres of plastic expendable short-term use detritus, and there seems to be no end of it. As exciting as 3-D printing may be, there is more lasting pleasure in the development of skilled craftsmanship.
Perhaps, the world could learn something of great importance from the Tibetan monks. When their laborious meditation was completed, nothing outside the mandala of their own creation was destroyed in the process.
I will be in Michigan for the next 7 days, and then at Marc Adams School of Woodworking for one full week beginning Saturday, July 25.
Make, fix and create... Teach others to do likewise.