Shoe Carving Challenge

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Blog series by MsDebbieP updated 10-15-2010 11:37 PM 9 parts 38162 reads 165 comments total

Part 1: The Journey's Beginning

10-02-2010 12:51 AM by MsDebbieP | 20 comments »

Oct. 1/10 Preface: Jordan has asked that we save our shoe carving projects for a grand unveiling when we have completed the challenge and I will do that, however, I want to blog about the experience, from a personal level, to document my journey of self-awareness and personal growth. To do that I need to go back to the beginning… A week or so ago, Jordan Straker jokingly said something about posting a tutorial, teaching people how to “see” and to carve a shoe. What I h...

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Part 2: Carving & Perfectionism

10-03-2010 12:35 PM by MsDebbieP | 47 comments »

Oct. 3/10 The journey with the shoe carving is continuing – and my block of wood, at this point, still looks like a shoe! This is good. But I was reminded of a very important component of carving, when a fellow student, TJ65, posted this update: My head hurts real bad. :-(It’s hot to touch too, I think it has been whirring away for way too long concentrating on getting the pattern of the sole drawn up. (Maybe I shuda went for an easier shoe!)I didn’t realise that you really hav...

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Part 3: A Pause ..

10-04-2010 06:54 PM by MsDebbieP | 13 comments »

Oct. 4/10 Today I got the Dremel out and started uncovering the sole of my shoe. And then I had to pause… A pause.. why, you ask? I had to take a picture at this point because from this point forward things could start going wrong. Right now, it looks likes the sole of a shoe. I feel like stopping right now and putting my shoe on display – “look what I did”. But, alas, that is not what this journey is about and i must continue to move forward. So I switched ti...

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Part 4: In Your Dreams!

10-05-2010 03:08 PM by MsDebbieP | 13 comments »

Oct. 5/10 I guess I have a bug .. the bug.. the carving bug… Now, I’m dreaming about it! No, I didn’t work on the shoe. In my dream I picked up a piece of firewood and there staring at me was a wood spirit beckoning to be released from the wood. In my dream it took me some time to figure out what I was looking at and then I realized that I was to carve it. :) that’s it.. a short blog this morning. Not very “deep” but I thought you might get a sm...

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Part 5: Remembering...

10-07-2010 05:20 PM by MsDebbieP | 8 comments »

Oct. 7/10 Today as I was carving out the toe area of my shoe (yes, it still looks like a shoe at this point!) I was contemplating what I could write about in my blog and thought that I wouldn’t have anything to say. (I know you boys are surprised at that and are probably breathing a sigh of relief as well)—but …. :) With my Dremel in hand I started thinking of when I first bought the tool. (Note: I was thinking BETWEEN carving sections… focus, focus, focus.) Anyw...

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Part 6: The Real Challenge Begins...

10-07-2010 11:53 PM by MsDebbieP | 9 comments »

Oct. 7/10 Having overcome the battle with “fear at starting something new” I have now moved onto a new personal challenge. This afternoon my mind decided that it didn’t want to “see” in 3-d contoured vision and translate that image onto a smaller less contoured shape. Here is where I really have to battle with the perfectionism or “good enough” challenge. I’ve been doing a lot of deep breathing this afternoon, as a strategy to stop myse...

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Part 7: Creativity

10-08-2010 05:09 PM by MsDebbieP | 18 comments »

Oct. 8/10 This morning, feedback from my shoe carving peers got me thinking about “creativity”. My mind, and Spirit, I guess, are very creative. They really enjoy thinking and envisioning the possibilities. Yesterday, I started feeling comfortable with the carving process, giving me some breathing room, and my creative side kicked into gear. I am now seeing lots of new projects ready to unfold. This blossoming of creativity, however, gives me another challenge because the...

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Part 8: Hung Up

10-15-2010 11:55 AM by MsDebbieP | 19 comments »

Oct 15/10 Well, I’ve finally hit the wall … the carving process has been going really well and the personal struggle to push through fears has also been relatively easy and successful… but this week I hit the big barrier, challenge, self-awareness, or whatever you want to call it. It’s been a few days now since Jordan posted the blog on carving the laces and right away I could feel the wall forming. I put off taking the next step.. and I put it off some more.. bu...

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Part 9: I have a shoe

10-15-2010 11:37 PM by MsDebbieP | 18 comments »

Oct. 15/10 I have a shoe… it may not be pretty and it may not be perfect but I have a miniature wooden shoe that looks like a shoe. I won’t point out the flaws because, well, what’s the point? If you see the flaws then you know they are there and I know they are there.. if you don’t see them, why would I want to ruin your good critique! Ha. :) My daughter was here this afternoon and saw the shoe sitting on the table. She said it was so cute and she liked it...

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