There are probably as many answers to that question as there are carvers. Here are some of the most obvious reasons that come to mind for me:
To Create – Creation brings us a great satisfaction. It brings us joy to have added to the world in a positive way;
To Manifest our Passion – Not only do we manifest our passion simply by carving but also by reproducing our dreams in a very tangible form;
To leave our Signature on the World – When we leave this planet, we will leave behind not only whatever memories others might have of us but also little relics of what was important to us and others;
To Bring Happiness to Ourselves and to Others – Clearly, carving brings us happiness but we also bring happiness to others to whom we gift our carvings… something pleasing to the recipient;
Introduces Relationships – Carving introduces us to a vast group of artisans who are also great people. We seldom meet a carver that we don’t appreciate and like;
Form of Meditation – We find that carving is a form of meditation. While carving we often find ourselves in a trance like state… introducing us to unlimited moments of enlightenment and clarity;
Income – If we sell our products, we are generating a bit of income from doing what we love.
Challenge – When carving a piece that challenges us, it helps us grow to new level of creativity and skill;
Helping Others – We can all agree how rewarding it is to teach others and helping them with woodcarving;
And the list goes on. Anyone reading this is probably adding many more items to this list which have quickly come to their mind.
I have a friend who is constantly reminding me that “there is so much wood and so little time.” We better get back to work.
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