A Strategy for Woodworking #3: The Fit

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 06-23-2014 11:22 PM 1982 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Good Enough Part 3 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 4: Forgiveness »

The measure of an eye, of a thumb extended, of one cubit is seen in the result and how well things fit. We all know it when we see it. One can sense the art in craftsmanship by simply looking at the product. Some things we have made work better for the eye and hand. It is not luck. It is the experience of your efforts showing. It is the mistakes you have made along the way and their lessons learned that now inhabit your work.

Confidence is gained by your error and more importantly your understanding of it. What went wrong and why. We gain, in our designs as well as in our technique, valuable information that tells us what to do right this time, or right again.

The Northwest Woodworking Studio

-- Gary Rogowski...follow my podcast at and twitter @garyrogowski

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#1 posted 06-25-2014 08:49 AM

Right on Gary. I always have to remind myself after a frustrating day in the shop that my time wasn’t entirely wasted if I had learned something from my failures and mistakes. Of course if that were the only measure, then I would be a master woodworker by now, which I’m not, but I have learned a lot about recovering from my mistakes to save my projects and sometimes even improve them. This gives me a degree of the confidence you mentioned and I don’t get so upset when something goes wrong anymore.

Very nice box. The handle finishes it off perfectly.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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