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Is turning creative?
Jul 24th, 2017 at 7:30am
 
QOTW: Is woodturning creative? If so, what part do you feel is the most creative and the least creative.
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Re: Is turning creative?
Reply #1 - Jul 24th, 2017 at 9:05am
 
I think the answer is something like, it can be.

This is where the creativity is for me.
I do a fair amount of segmented work so for me the design is always more of the creative part. Designing patterns, choosing wood species that work together and figuring out how to construct a piece so that once turned, it will reveal the intended appearance. All these things need to be considered individually and as a whole to "create" the piece.
The actual cutting and gluing of segments is simply the means to the end. Although there are also some creative methods that are necessary to secure, cut and glue various parts of the construction along the way.
I would have to say the same really applies to solid blank turning. The design stage is where I decide the shape, the wood species, the orientation and plan the overall look.
The physical act or mechanics of turning isn't the creative part.

The creative part of turning is in the artists mind, the ability to take that idea and physically make it a reality is an artists skill.
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Re: Is turning creative?
Reply #2 - Jul 24th, 2017 at 11:05am
 
Yes.

It's an art. It is sculpture.
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Re: Is turning creative?
Reply #3 - Jul 25th, 2017 at 2:42pm
 
+1 on Ed's reply.

In addition, for me woodturning becomes very creative when I botch the original concept and try to "create" a new piece taking advantage of the design change result of the botch.   Wink
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Re: Is turning creative?
Reply #4 - Jul 25th, 2017 at 4:49pm
 
Most creative - the shaping portion Smiley
Least creative - the sanding portion Sad
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Reply #5 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 11:15am
 
Most creative: Shape of object
Least creative: finishing
Seems I do more of the latter, less of former. Sad
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Re: Is turning creative?
Reply #6 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 12:01pm
 
Grant Wilkinson wrote on Jul 25th, 2017 at 2:42pm:
In addition, for me woodturning becomes very creative when I botch the original concept and try to "create" a new piece taking advantage of the design change result of the botch.   Wink


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Re: Is turning creative?
Reply #7 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 3:03pm
 
Glenn - I separated sanding and finishing in my reply because there are times that I add colors into my finishes.  And I must say that colors can be quite creative  Shocked
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Reply #8 - Jul 28th, 2017 at 2:08pm
 
Tom. WOW!!! You're in a much higher class than I am.

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Re: Is turning creative?
Reply #9 - Jul 30th, 2017 at 7:25am
 
No fair, Tom! You can't post a beautiful project like that and not tell us how you did it! Smiley (in a new thread of cource, so as not to hijack this one!)
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Re: Is turning creative?
Reply #10 - Jul 30th, 2017 at 8:42am
 
I think there are several parts that are very creative and like others have said include:
1. design,
2. shaping,
3. the redesign opportunity,
4. finishing--especially with the addition of color and finish to add depth to the turning, and finally
5. marketing and selling your work--now that is a true art Grin

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