A Strategy for Woodworking #15: The Work

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 08-04-2014 04:23 PM 1683 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Making the Connection Part 15 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 16: Making Time »

Fine woodworking is not crafty. It is craft. It takes time, effort, and a commitment to excellence. It requires persistence and a willingness to overcome failure, repeatedly. It takes practice and patience and then more of both. It is as rigorous and as rewarding as learning a musical instrument or teaching your body ballet or the tango. It is formal and full of expression. There are rules to follow and rules that bend.
It is cumulative in its knowledge and yet so vast that no one can know all its possibilities.

You will not build anything well without throwing yourself all in. But if you, if you do commit to learning and getting it in your bones and doing your best, then the rewards are far greater than you imagine. As my friend Bogy once said to me, “The work makes you. You don’t make the work.”

The Northwest Woodworking Studio

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

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 06:28 PM


Thanks I will do my best to remember that while I’m growling over my next screw up. LOL! Words that ring true.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 10:06 PM

That was very inspiring and motivational.
Nothing comes easy.

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 11:27 PM

It’s a sentiment that is proven time and time again in the shop. Rush a job, and you get a piece of crap staring at you again and again, laughing at you, as if to say “all you had to do was take your time, now I will always remind you of how you should have slowed down and measured twice before you cut me in the wrong spot”

or on the other hand, you have a piece you really put in the hours, and everytime you pass it, you can’t help but feel that pride or maybe you have to drag ur fingers across to feel that finish you labored over, and put just one more coat of oil or shellac before you called it done.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#4 posted 08-04-2014 11:28 PM

Well said Gary. I have to agree 100%. I still consider myself a “rookie”, I’ll call it. Always want to know more..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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