Today was very slow to start. We were supposed to meet up in the morning to look at the models from yesterday with magnets added, but he didn’t have them done. Then we were supposed to see a new carver to look at his work and get some new prototypes made, but he wasn’t available until 4pm. We spent the day working on the new characters instead, finally making the hour-long drive to the carver late in the day.
When we got there, man was it worth it. He had massive sculptures with huge amounts of intricate detail. He showed us a waist-high lamp that took him 20 days to carve and a huge branch-shaped sculpture with dozens of animals he was submitting to win the national craft award. They were both breathtaking. He was very amused by us fawning over all of his work, and by the time we sat down, I was anxious to see what he was going to do with our designs.
We finally looked over the weapons he carved for us, which were adorably lethal. We talked for hours about the mythological creatures, what he wanted to do with his carving, and having chai from little terracotta cups. It was great getting to spend so long talking to someone who enjoys what he does as much as us, and I’m really excited to see what he comes back to us with in two days.
Only two days? These people are amazing.