L S Irish Mission Statement

My husband, Michael, and I began our studio on the web in 1997 – 24 years ago.  Our first website was FineArtDog Prints.com, followed within a few months with CarvingPatterns.com.  Over these two decades so much has changed, expanded, and even exploded over the internet.  So I thought today was a good day to review and reconfirm my Mission Statement for all of my websites  and to you, my readers.

This free pattern is a sample of my
commitment to my Mission Statement.
These are two decorative Wedding Spoon free
patterns that can be worked in basswood, a soft wood that is readily available at your local craft store, and carved with a basic, general set of carving tools.

Nothing extra special is needed to make these
spoons nor is the wood we will be using so hard that you simply give up …

 

Who am I?

  1.  My name is Lora S Irish and 24 years ago I never thought that where I am today is where life and you would take me.  I started out, just like everyone else, as a kitchen table crafter. It is your friendships and interests that have guided my life.
  2. My formal training is as a fine artist, focusing on oil painting, which I received from the University of Maryland. I fulfilled my fine art training through Limited Edition Art Prints.
  3. My craft and hobby background foundation comes from my parents who truly believed ‘why buy it when its more fun to make it!’
  4. I have tried just about every craft, especially what were called the Women’s Arts, that  there is.  My favorites, those crafts that I constantly return to, are wood carving, and wood burning.
  5. My vocation is that of a published author, website owner, craft pattern creator, and experienced craftswoman.
  6. My avocation is that of a teacher.  FreeDictionary.com defines advocator as ‘ One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender: an advocate of civil rights.’
  7. My cause, my focus, my goals … Teaching the newest beginner how to get started in our crafts. As a long time teacher I still believe that the most important person in the seminar room is the newest newbie and getting them off on a strong foundation of knowledge while helping them find success is the greatest task I have.
  8.  I am reconfirming my believe that by teaching the very basics to our crafts, I can help our crafts and hobbies to expand, spread, and grow.
  9. By teaching and focusing on an in-depth look at the basic skills will give you a foundation from which you can build a lifetime of joy in your arts.

Who is my student?

  1. By focusing on the newest of hobbyists.  My student is the person that has no idea what the difference is between a round gouge, scoop, sweep, or fishtail. They are the ones that have no idea what 5/4 wood is, how to identify end grain, or what a push v. pull or paring stroke means.
  2. My student is the one that doesn’t yet know that nib and pen tip mean the same thing or that a sepia scale is simply a black to white scale done in brown.
  3. My student is the one that writes me saying, “I haven’t done any hobbies since high school, so how do I start?”
  4. And my student is the one who emails, “Where do I buy wood?” or “How do I get the pattern onto the wood?”

How do I achieve my self-chosen purpose?

  1. I will remain focused on the basic techniques that a beginner needs to learn to grow in their hobby.
  2. I will shared these techniques through my blog postings, FaceBook postings, and forum postings, trying to make the basics fully free and accessible to everyone who is interested.
  3. I will continue to recommend wood burning units and tool sets that can get a beginner started without breaking the bank.  And I will recommend tools and burning units that are usable over the wide variety of art styles these hobbies offer.
  4. I will continue to give away free patterns, and free instructions that will get a beginner started.
  5. I will leave the teaching of intermediate, advanced, and expert knowledge and technique to those that are far more capable than I.
  6. And I will tailor my projects so that the newest crafter will not be overwhelmed by all the areas of information they will one day acquire.    Focusing on making each and every project one that a new craftsman with limited tools can create and earn the joyous calls of their family and friends of, “You Made That?!?”

Things I will not do!

  1. I will not recommend tools that are either specific to one style of craft and can not be used anywhere else in our hobby.  I won’t recommend a curved hook knife that is specific to spoon and bowl carving when a basic round chisel will do nicely to get you going.
  2. I will not insist that you learn to sharpen your carving knife before you have made you very first cutting stroke. Nor will I demand that you fully understand when to chose varnish, polyurethane or BLO finished before you finish your first carving.
  3. And finally, I will not recommend the hardest of woods, no matter what the style of carving, when a soft wood will get you going to learn the basics to your tools, to your cutting strokes, and to your new craft.

Mission Statement 2021 – Get a knife in one of your hands and the wood in the other, let you see how to make the basic cuts and strokes, and I will do that with my personal goal of helping you have quick, well earned success in your new hobby.

Thank you for reading ~ Lora S Irish

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