Monday, June 5, 2017

Pursue Artistry When You Make Hand Turned Wood Bowls And Vessels

By Larry Fisher

It is a common belief among the more spiritually minded that human beings are meant to be creators in our third dimensional realm. It may be that when we fail to implement creative pursuits in our daily lives, we lose sight of our potential. It is for this reason that some people take up the hobby of making hand turned wood bowls and vessels.

They sometimes work with oak and sometimes with pine. Artists will say that the time spent turning a piece of oak on the lathe is a meditative, Zen type of activity that brings them great inner peace. Some even elevate their art form by learning to carve patterns or pictures into the pieces, making them even more beautiful and personal to the artist.

While people often set these out as mere decoration, they are made to be used on a regular basis. Often the artist will create items as gifts for family members or friends. This makes the piece of art very personal.

Our ancestors would teach these skills to their children, and a person might take a large span of their lifetime making a single piece. They would have to find a piece of the right kind of oak or pine, in basically the right shape, and begin to hollow it out by hand using sand or stones to hollow out the piece. The process was a laborious activity, and the piece made would be kept and cherished by their offspring.

This age-old practice of handing down handmade artworks is something that modern artisans can bring back. When an item is made as a gift, created with an individual in mind, such an item may be kept for many generations within that family. The power of holding such a gift made by an ancestor many generations removed, and handled by every member of the clan in-between, grants us a strong connection to our past.

Learning to create such items can also serve to provide a person with an additional source of income. Such artworks sell for fairly high prices online. One might even be able to set up a contract with a local merchant and sell their creations within the community where they live.

As we mature, our hobbies often become more important than the jobs we work on a daily basis. This is because the act of creation is more rewarding to us than simply making money to pay bills with. If a person can make a career out of a hobby, then they begin to learn what true job satisfaction means.

Spiritually minded people may be right about creative and artistic expression being so vital to our sense of personal well-being. Unplugging the television and taking up a hobby that allows us to express ourselves may be the perfect rescue from the ills of daily life. Perhaps more hobbies would mean fewer harmful lifestyle behaviors that are often based on boredom and a sense of futility about life.

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