Was: Gravermaxes for engraving startup
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inspired by David Phelps’ comment about discipline:
...If one wants to get past a rudimentary result in any artistic field, but especially engraving, one must be disciplined...
Jonathan Holt was an educator in the 70’s who went to a rehearsal
hall at 6 A.M. every day to practice the viola. People told him he
must be incredibly disciplined to get up that early, summer and
winter, rain and snow… He said there was no discipline involved,
he wasn’t forcing himself to endure anything, it was the only time he
could practice and it was a joy to him.
I’m not sure I can put this in words well, but I feel the discipline
is not imposed by the person, you must not ‘be’ disciplined, the
discipline comes from from the materials or the task. I will broaden
that to say the discipline comes from the desire to get proper
results from the materials, but it comes back to the materials and
Properly bezel-setting a cab and soldering a bail to it does require
a level of discipline, but that pales next to more advanced work. In
my limited view of the craft I’d say there are two levels. One is
more free-form. You set cabs; you roll out PMC; you do fabrication
that does not have to be critically exact. As examples I would
suggest (using instructional DVDs I’ve seen as my focus) Alan
Revere’s Japanese Pattern Earrings DVD; his Turquoise Pendant DVD;
and even his most demanding Hinged Box DVD. There are Ronda Coryell’s
Argentium fabrication DVDs. Not to denigrate filigree as inexact or
free-form only, I would put Yehuda Tassa’s Yemenite filigree DVDs and
Victoria Lansford’s Russian filigree DVD in this group. Valuable
instructional DVDs all, but somewhat less demanding of discipline -
at least to get initial pleasing results.
There may be other examples, but the only DVD projects I have seen
that demand a much higher level of discipline are Leonid Surpin’s
Eternity Ring DVD and his new Coronet Ring DVD. ‘Free-form’ and
’inexact’ levels of discipline don’t cut it with those projects. The
metal, the diamonds, and the designs demand precision and accuracy.
To define those terms, a thermometer reading in tenths of a degree is
more precise than one reading in whole degrees only; but a precise
thermometer can be off, and the less-precise can give a more accurate
(true) reading. Leonid’s projects are the only ones I know of that
require a high degree of precision and accuracy.
So if you want to do one of those, the materials and the designs
require, force, demand discipline. What I’m trying to say is that
you do not come to these projects with discipline (necessarily), but
you will not finish them to your liking without it. If you are
motivated to learn the skills, if you really want to complete the
projects well, then the materials and design will draw the discipline
from within you. Your desire to do well by the materials will compel
you to do disciplined work.
This is by far the greatest value I personally get from Leonid’s
DVDs. You do it exactly right or you don’t get the acceptable
results. There is no ‘boss’ but the materials and the design. You may
not have the discipline, but the materials and the design make you
develop the discipline.
My way of looking at it right now, anyway.