With the weather being kinda crappy out, I decided I might as well work on my learning project.
I decided to tackled this tutorial on the Engraving Forum. It is a step by step demo of the basic western bright cut engraving.
I quickly realized this basic tutorial isn’t as easy as the engraving forum members made it out. I am a raw beginner, working for the first time with brass with limited tools. Most of the members are either professionals, or have been practicing for awhile.
Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.
I did give it a try, despite missing some of the tools listed.
I sharpened my tools, put a piece on my vise and began. I failed. Miserably.
Step one went fairly well. Wiggle graving is a skill I know how to do. After that, I was lost. My graver slipped (a few times) resulting in scratches. And no matter what I did, I couldn’t make cuts like the author.
This reminded me of teaching in a classroom setting. We will have students who struggle, who fail at tasks, and who wrestle with a concept. We need to help them learn to wrestle with hard concepts and not give up on learning just because it’s hard.
I failed today, but I won’t quit. I will go tool shopping (who doesn’t like shopping?) and learn more about engraving and practice more.
Who else has struggled with something to do with their learning projects?
PS: I just had an epiphany about making sure we have all the tools before implementing something new in our classroom such as a new app or piece of technology!