Creativity and craft - building sand castles
My friend Alvin Lee is "Mr Sand-Castle" He invented a toolkit to build sand-castles and
While I was creating my share (a mix of the great wall of China with Rome's colosseum), I realized some important facts:
- First of all, you need to focus on what you do otherwise the sand will simply not do what you want.
- Second, that focus comes automatically once you have the vision what you want to do. As long as you visualize your outcome the focus is there.
- Third, you need to have the right tools and skills. Dreaming up something will stay a dream until you got the skills to make it happen. Sand doesn't care about your smart talk or powerpoint skills. When you shovel it up it will fall down in a ratio 1:4. For one meter hight you need a 4 meter base. You want to make sand behave different? Know it very well: the granularity, the moist, the density and how it reacts with your tools.
- Forth, skills need practise. Even if you are good in concepts and theory, I won't get you anywhere. The only thing is to get your hands dirty and try, ask a master to accept your apprenticeship and practise, practise, practise. Seems to be on the list of endangered species these days.