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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 08-11-2012 03:53 PM

I can only speak from my own habit.

First, I never use the term “scrap.” You don’t save scraps of food, why would you save scraps of wood? So right away, your subliminal message to yourself is that you are saving something that should be thrown away.
Hence the debilitating internal conflict.

Second, for me, there is a size after which the piece has no value for me. But i don’t toss it, I save it. The intarsia guys do handsprings out the back door when I offer them all they want from that box. I don’t ask for anything in trade; it will come along anyway. So my box of what you call “scrap” is really a gift waiting to be given.

And yes, on occasion, I rummage through it and sometimes find stuff I can use, as is the case on my latest project post.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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