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Well, what can I say….? Carving just for me may be more important than anyone may think. That goes for you too.

There comes a time when it is necessary to take a break from everything that I do each week, and focus on carving just for me. This time has come for me. I am feeling a bit burned out, and find that I am losing focus.

This is typical for me, and something that I plan for. I cannot go indefinitely without taking a break or two along the way. Right now as we roll head long into the holiday season I am finding that my motivation is running a bit low.

From October – December there is an increase in the “other” things that I get to do, and that added stress can really take a toll.My first gourd carving03 image

But, this does not mean that I am not going to carve….

It means that I am spending a little bit of time (a week or two) carving whatever I want to carve.

This may seem intuitive, and carving may be that something that you do for relaxation. But power carving is what my primary focus is on most of the time. I do not have many other things that I can do right now physically, so I stick with what I can do.

I decided that it is a good time to carve lots of different subjects, and let the creative juices flow.

During this time I am not focused on creating the best carving I can, or creating the next video or finished project. This time is to HAVE FUN, and I mean that in every sense.

I have a small stack of images printed out, and ready to carve. I am not even going to print them out on transfer paper. I will transfer every design using Carbon Paper (low-tech), and still a great way to get the image on the material.

Carving Just For Me

Rose Bush Carving ImageWith my focus on Having Fun I will be doing “Quick Carvings”, which means that they will only take between 1 – 3 hours to complete (To help with this the carvings are kept small. Typically no larger than 5 inches in overall size). It is easy to get sucked into spending way to much time on a carving, and that is not what I want to do here.

When I complete a carving I will quickly set it aside, and start the next one. I will take lots of breaks, and not think about the previous carving I have done in this manner until I am done with all of the carvings on my list.

This will allow me to explore my carving style, have fun, and experiment without having to worry about messing up the carving.

If the carving is not that great…

It does NOT matter.

When I take the time to do this I find that when I come back to focusing on creating the best quality carving I can that my skills have improved.

There may be many reasons for this, but really it is because I let me mind and body have fun and relax.

Let go of the extreme focus for a little while, and have fun with some quick carvings. See if this helps you to get more focused and improve.

If you try this let me know what happens in the comments below.

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