It’s a visual language, not spoken. I understand it. But never hear it. I know it when I see it.
A file in the maker’s hand is communication. The tool and the surface it’s rubbing up against.
To rearrange metal or to blend it seamlessly is a quiet yet deliberate chat held daily at my bench.
I’m the eavesdropper listening to a conversation about strokes and shapes and file marks.
There’s a perfect amount of effort. It’s controlled and unscripted simultaneously. Like jazz.
Look closely. Every scratch tells a story. But only one scratch tells you the story just ended.
All This By Hand