I enjoyed reading the texts you provided comparing fishing and the 'Silk reeling' concept.
It recalls fond memories of fishing excursions in nature...which I have not engaged in for far too long.
Fishing, I find, is one of the most relaxing and pleasant pass times I have ever engaged in.
It develops patience and concentration, it's good sport and challenge, and personally, I like the peace, tranquility and beauty of the environment that usually accompanies the endeavor.
Talk to me about Rock Bass!
I once waited close to two hours 'feeling' for a five inch Rock Bass to exit the hidey-hole he had dived into when I had hooked him (talk about working towards developping patience!). Actually, it was probably just stubborness!
Now there's a fish you have to respect 'Silk reeling' with...Feisty little things, if you allow them any extra line they will dive for the nearest rock, and literally become immovable.
They make sharp, jerking movements rather than the strong pulling movements of, say, a Pike so they are more difficult to maintain a steady reeling in of.
A five inch Rock Bass is much more sport than a twenty-five inch Pike who can be reeled in like a log, with almost no challenge.
Many a chisel I've sharpened!
Nice to meet a fellow carver, I have not spoken with very many.
I used to sculpt ice professionally, now it is only 'an occassional request' hobby.
I attempted wood carving several times, but found the limitations of the grain and layer by layer removal process required more patience than I had for that particular activity....Think I'll get a chainsaw!
Ice or soapstone is more my penchant...No grains...no veins.
I find sculpture does requires a form of the 'silk threading' process.
A certain smootness and continuation of motion.
It's a pleasant, creative way of cultivating sensitivity in hand movement, control.
In very large sculptures I find the whole body becomes involved in the final stroke that the chisel makes.
A very (nine pearl?)threaded concept of ground through the feet,up the legs, through the waist... manifesting through the hands.
I am sure my sculpting skills will be greatly improved by learning proper Taijiquan co-ordination, methods, and principles.
Welcome to the discussion board, no need to be a fly on the wall...all the contributors here are unique, friendly, and share the common interest of Taiji, so feel free.
[This message has been edited by psalchemist (edited 10-30-2003).]