Posts Tagged ‘knifework

20
Oct
09

knifework

where the magic happens

where the magic happens

I rounded up a bag of old clothes I had to give to the Salvation army and started screening; old aprons, tshirts, jeans, anything to give my hands more experience with the silscreening process.
And it’s a process – anyone who tells you its easy is either a lier or a dick.
While I was learning the right amount of pressure to used to put the ink through, amount of paint, how many times to go over, hold the screen still… I thought about what it used to feel like learning to cook with proper technique when i was a teenager.

I rounded up a bag of old clothes I had to give to the Salvation army and started screening; old aprons, tshirts, jeans, anything to give my hands more experience with the silscreening process.

And it’s a process – anyone who tells you its easy is either a lier or a dick.

While I was learning the right amount of pressure to used to put the ink through, amount of paint, how many times to go over, hold the screen still… I thought about what it used to feel like learning to cook with proper technique when i was a teenager.

A time when I knew nothing but thought I knew everything.

old T + sciccors = new bandanna

old T + sciccors = new bandanna

Things I take for granted now seemed like an impossibility back then, especially good knife work.  I don’t have the mad skills I’ve seen people like Hiroyuki Sakai (Iron Chef French) use with a blade – I’m not 60 either – but I feel confident on putting together basic cuts in the vegetable and butchery world.

my LBA  - little black apron

my LBA - little black apron

I would have never thought I could julienne a hotel pan filled with 9’s all full of different types of veg in less than an hour, or race through a black cod in 3 minutes, but thats why you practice – so that when you need a black cod portioned in 3 minutes properly you can without even thinking about it.

My goal is to get good enough with a screen so that I don’t have to really think about it.

I’m breaking out the whet stone, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

out for now,

j.

that’s not a knife – that’s a spoon.

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