|View single post by Paglesham|
|Posted: Wed Dec 17th, 2014 01:07 pm||
|I think the term "master" is almost as misused as "artist". It's for others to describe someone as either, but although I've been a professional modelmaker since I was 16, pushing 50 years ago, I am happy with the term "craftsman".
My dad was a craftsman plumber and could turn his hand to almost anything at that level, My paternal grandfather was a top cabinet maker, producing work for two of England's finest shops. My maternal grandfather was a grainer and marbler, who could recreate the marble of any quarry in Italy using just goose feathers or any wood with a set of the strangest brushes you ever saw (which I now have). Grandad 1 made his own stains and polishes, Grandad 2 made his own paints. My Dad and Uncle made their own first cars. They all had a gentle pride in their abilities, but I doubt the word "master" ever occurred to them. They just did what they did to a level that most others would never reach. I try to do the same with modelmaking and technical illustration, my two trades. Please don't call what I do a work of art. Art in the wider field now includes pickled, bisected calves in tanks and stinking, rancid, unmade beds. I have no desire to join that group of fakers!
I have my idea of who the very best were, but most on here wouldn't know of them. But if you're after a google-fest, try George Iliffe Stokes, Geoff Pember and Gordon Gravett. Finish off with J.K. "Jack" Nelson, (one of my personal mentors when I was a teenager) and you'll have an idea of where I am coming from. All the above come/came from a "make do and mend" attitude, as do I.
Basically, I am with Woodie's earlier post.
Manifestly it is better to use simple tools expertly than to possess a bewildering assortment of complicated gadgets and either neglect or use them incompetently. ( L.T.C.Rolt) Blog @ http://oddsoracle.blogspot.co.uk/