My ideas come from conscious, and some subconscious, mental images from my experiences. For the most part, I direct carve by drawing on the stone otherwise I sketch out designs in a journal and use them later. Sometimes, while polishing, to refine designs I write notes on the outer wall of my carving cubicle. During the sanding and polishing process on a hard stone I have ample time to refine ideas and if the stone is jade I have extra time. The people and their compliments, when viewing my sculpture, planters, and vases also inspire me.
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