Seeing may be believing, but feel will give you a less biased second opinion.
My mentors were just that, mentors. Several couldn't afford the expense that having an actual apprentice would cost; others were not interested. But then by the 1960s, the old apprenticeship programs in crafts like carving were gone.
I was at my booth at a boat show in Maryland when another maritime carver came to visit. Lordan was the local "yaahd cavaah," as we'd describe it in New England.
We so often admire the complex and then seek out and appreciate the simple
The gilt-edged age for the ship carver had to have been the 17th and 18th centuries. The figureheads were the least of it. There were gilded coats of arms, allegorical figures, swags, and elaborately carved moldings everywhere.
The Secrets of the Masters are sometimes the first lessons learnt.
Success is not a permanent achievement. We have to continually work at maintaining it.
Examples offer clues for learning that books and videos can't
Neither materials nor tools define you as an artist.