As a carver making pieces through the subtractive art process you need patience. The stone will only let you work it at its own pace. Push it and you’ll break something, go too far or cause excessive wear to your tools and equipment. There are few short-cuts!
But whilst computers allow better and better layout for documents and drawings to finer tolerances, it is difficult for us to come up with perfection every time. This doesn’t make us old-fashioned! You’ll improve with practice but strive for perfection in your work every time. Below are some suggestions towards improving the neatness of your work:
And then there is balance, which can be looked at in two ways: a piece has to look good as well as hang correctly. So spend time making a beautiful-looking design, and then make it sing! Follow the old adage, “slow but sure”, stay alert and you will be unlikely to have too many rejects.
On this page I intend to add monthly updates on aspects of jade carving. I also plan to invite more experienced carvers to offer a "master-class" on a particular subject of their choice. With this I hope to enthuse both the novice and the expert in this ancient and beautiful art-form/craft. And comments are welcome!