Asking Others For Help

Working with the CarveWright machine is a lot of fun - no doubt about it. I've had lots of good times with my machine getting it to do things right out of the box, but there comes a time when you have to dive a bit deeper into the core to find it's true potential...

This means getting up to speed on the designer software and using it to generate new carving projects.

Is this a challenge for you? It has been for me and I've been using computers since 1977. In fact, most of my career was spent programming and designing computer systems so you would think that I'd have a pretty easy time of it, now wouldn't you?

This is a powerful piece of software and even though the CarveWright folks have done a good job of making this stuff fairly easy to use, it still has a bit of a learning curve. If you're like me, you want to
CARVE, not sit at a computer and fiddle with some software trying to learn it's ways.

Sometimes I look at the machine and say "Do SOMETHING". Of course that's not going to happen unless someone puts together a project that tells the machine what to do. Learning to use the software is an absolute necessity - or is it?

Who says that
YOU have to learn how to use that software? YOU can come up with the project idea. YOU can do the carving. YOU can do the finish woodworking. YOU can do the assembly, etc. Let SOMEONE ELSE do the design work. Ask for help with those parts of the process you're not too comfortable with.

Why not ask a spouse or partner for help? Maybe one of the kids would like to get involved. How about the grandkids? My point is that you can ask someone in your inner circle for help.

This is a great way to bond with that other person and do something together... If you bought your machine with the idea of making a few bucks by selling some of your carving creations, why not offer that other person a part of the proceeds in return for their help?

What's going to really happen here is that you are going to get up to speed as well with this software. You'll be working together to get a carving project just right and in the process, you'll learn the software and become an expert as well.

You'll find out that this helper of yours is going to break the ice for you, and along the way - they will learn, you will learn, and you'll get some projects built. A WIN proposition any way you want to look at it.

Asking for help has a cool way of making things work out just right!!

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One last thing: I've always been fascinated with mechanical things. It's one of the things that drew me to the CarveWright. I LIKE machinery!!

image book cover automata and mechanical toys by Rodney Peppe
Not too long ago I came across a couple of books that deal with the design and construction of mechanical wooden toys. These are so cool that I thought I would share them with you. Hopefully you will enjoy them as much as I have and maybe build a couple of these toys for the biggest and brightest kid around - YOU!!
image book cover making mechanical marvels in wood by Raymond Levy
Just click on either of the books to see more information about them.