Posted by: Michael Keller Woodcarving | January 30, 2015

Why do Woodcarvers Carve?

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.

Keep Sharp

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  1. Michael, thanks for a very well written, creative and delightful posting on the inner motivations for why we carve, I like it, BEE CARVEFUL, Don

    Sent from my iPad


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