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Just because you can't see something, it doesn't mean it's not really there

  1. Dec 7, 2009 #1


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    Willard Wigan
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    Aug 2009 19:46

    http://www.ted.com/talks/willard_wigan_hold_your_breath_for_micro_sculpture.html" [Broken]
    http://www.willard-wigan.com/art-meets-science.aspx" [Broken]

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    Very dry funny delivery, kind of reminds me of Bill Cosby's humor.
    Overcame difficult undiagnosed dyslexic childhood, discovered his ability as micro-sculptor
    Even more amazing, he slows his heartbeat down and carves, arranges between beats... 1.5 seconds at a time.

    In his own word's:
    "It was a fantasy world I escaped to where my dyslexia didn't hold me back and my teachers couldn't criticize me. That's how my career as a micro-sculptor began."
    Willard Wigan

    As a teen I watched my Dad build a two piece fly rod jig from steel (60% degree V) a total of 6 pieces. Then, over a number of weeks shave, match, glue, and cure a bamboo fly rod, that was true without a twist. Quite amazing, at least for me at the time.

    Not on the same level of difficulty as what Willard accomplished, but it took patience and perseverance. I never forgot the lesson.
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  3. Dec 8, 2009 #2
    First time I've seen that guy was in this video a few years ago.

    He's amazing.
    I have an interest in this sort of stuff because I used to make tiny origami animals. Other kids in school learned how to make them at full size, but I kept going smaller and smaller until my fingers could no longer physically fold the paper. I had to start using my nails.
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