Famous Japanese woodcarver, Master Yo, explained that for this art, you must not aim to carve anything specific, but let the wood tell you how it wants to be carved. There was only one specific request: “Please, no spoons”.[photo by Aimee Madsen]
Within the next hour of meditative long shaves, Yo collaborated with everyone on their pieces. Once each piece was carved, small pieces of sandpapers in varying grits were used to polish each piece smooth.[photo by Aimee Madsen]
The final step was to rub each piece with beeswax to enhance the natural beauty and protect the pieces. The session concluded with each participant explaining their experience and reasoning behind their piece’s title.
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Erin works in the Soleri Ceramics studio at Arcosanti.[photo by Sue Kirsch]