After the mistake
how do you recover
On Father's Day, I was carving a clown nose out of red cedar.
I have a problem. I have made two mistakes.
The nose fits perfectly without a string. I’ve hollowed it out so well that it just sits there on the end of my nose. It feels great. It also has a really nice nostril starting to see the light of day.
It’s a great nostril - angular, flaring and bold.
Here's the problem:
The nose needs to have a top and a bottom.
When I put it on in the way it fits my nose perfectly, the nostril is in the wrong place.
It is at the top of the nose.
When I turn it around to have it look great?
It falls off my nose.
Function or fashion?
What do I choose?
What would you do?
I can’t keep both things I like.
That’s my mistake.
As a result of this, I have to make a choice.
I have to make a choice between a perfectly fitting clown nose and a beautifully carved nostril.
Cedar is very unforgiving. It flakes and cracks and peels. Fixing this nose is not without its risks.
Time to choose.
My mistake is asking me: pick one.…