Thanks to those of you who sent me your queries - I’m getting through them as I have the time. And if you haven’t sent in your questions yet, please feel free!
This month I want to talk about mass production in my workshop. Well, it doesn’t happen! I make batches instead.
If it takes longer to change the tools for the next stage of the process than it does to complete the current stage on the pieces in the batch, then it’s worth making a number of similar pieces: time is valuable and needs to be used wisely.
So when carving simple pendants which might take 1 – 2 hours to finish each one, I make batches of 8 – 10 at a time. But with more complicated pieces which might each take 15 – 20 hours to complete I have batches of 2 – 4 because if there are too many in the batch and I never seem to be making progress, it can drag me down mood-wise.
So what I’m saying is, it’s important to make progress during each work session. The progress makes me want to come back to do more in the afternoon, or the next day.
It’s all about planning.
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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!