This is one of the funnest stages of every carving that I get to. I affectionately call it the ‘ugly duckling’ phase of carving.
This is the time somewhere between the beginning and the end where most carvings I come across don’t look so good. There is a point where at times it may not look like it’s salvageable.
The Ugly Duckling In Every Carving
The ugly duckling in every carving exists, and can be one of the funnest times or the most frustrating times in the carving process.
I like to think of this as a fun and exciting time. It allows me to step back and refocus the direction I want to go with the carving.
This allows me to look at the current successes, areas of improvement, and thoughts on changes or simply to look for other areas of expression.
The ugly duckling in every carving now brings a smile to my face. It helps me to enjoy the more mundane parts of waste removal and experience excitement for the next step.
Take heart and don’t despair when you get to this stage of the carving. There is always more to come even though it may not look like it now.
Have fun with this, allow yourself to take a step back, and picture where you want to go with the carving. You may make changes, you may make mistakes, but they can all be corrected or altered to match what you’re doing with the carving.
When you reach this stage of the carving be sure to push forward. Don’t let it discourage you when the carving does not look the way you think it should. There is much more carving to be done, and time spent refining and detailing every step of the process to get to the finish carving.
Don’t think that this is where it’s going to stay, but look forward to what’s ahead.