Yesterday, I attended a carving class in Youngcheun, near the city of Daegu, Korea.
It was a completely new experience for me, because I had never used a chisel.
The teacher asked me to choose a theme to carve on wood. I just opted for the word ‘Love’. He then glued a small sheet of paper with the superscript word ‘Love’ on a piece of wood and asked me to chisel the letters. The other students in the class made more difficult carvings. They engraved Chinese characters on rectangular planks.
Carving is like giving life to a new object that spreads special vibrations. A carver is just like a novelist that writes a novel, or a painter that paints a picture, or a musician that creates a piece of music. They give life to something new and original.
Finally, with the help of the teacher, I succeeded in engraving the word ‘Love’ on a small board of ginkgo wood.
I also carved a small heart. After all, love comes from an open heart. They are connected!
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily (English version)
– A Hidden Sicilian History (English version)
– The Vibrations of Words (English version)
– Travels of the Mind (English version)
– Una Storia Siciliana Nascosta (versione in lingua italiana)
– Viaggi della Mente (versione in lingua italiana)