PART THREE: THE ZEN OF THE BENCH VS THE ZEN OF CAD ;.
I allow myself to slip into that familiar “zone” while working- a relaxed alertness, with all in place, and it all just flows, with each step receiving my full attention, and leading to the next step. This comes with many years of practice… is it work at the bench, or is it CAD… for me it could be either.
At the Bench, I would always sit down to my bench with materials in place, tools in place, a clean bench, and a punch list of 1,2,3 this is how this is built, these steps, in this order, taking approximately this long. These are the areas that may cause concern or extra attention and might be a first thing in the morning task.
That familiar feeling starts to unfold as I am building pieces on the computer as well. My “bench and tools” are the files and software, to build many of the shapes that I used to carve by hand or fabricate. There is a similar relaxed focus, where the rest of the world fades away for a time.
I find the tests and trials of creation exist similarly in both the physical and the digital worlds. Everyone chooses to work in different ways, and I choose to marry the old school with the new school, allowing exploration of places not previously possible.