A Strategy for Woodworking #19: Your Grip

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 08-19-2014 01:42 PM 1414 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Education Part 19 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 20: Joinery Choices »

Avoid those teachers who say: This is the only way to do something. Whatever that something may be. That person has never been dancing. Expression is a part of building too. There are lots of ways of building things right. Just like there are several ways of learning. Learning style makes a difference in how well you understand a teacher. Pick a teacher who understands that not everyone is the same. Study with someone who remembers that choice is important too. It’s like a grip. They’re not all the same.

The Northwest Woodworking Studio

-- Gary Rogowski...follow my wit and wisdom on twitter @garyrogowski

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 02:28 PM

Gary I’ve always looked forward to the articles you’ve had in Finewoodworking through the years and now I,m really enjoying all of your blogs,I especially like the blogs that suggest ways to think about projects,design and your woodworking philosophy.
I’m glad you decided to join LJs

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#2 posted 08-19-2014 03:59 PM

I haven’t been able to attend any general woodworking courses here in Norway because woodworking courses here are normally based on specialties like woodturning, carving, etc.

Shortly after taking up woodworking 18 years ago I got hold of a Fine woodworking magazine a friend had. Well, I felt like I had discovered the mother lode! The web was in it’s infancy at that time so Fine woodworking offered me a way to become acquainted with general woodworking, tools, and techniques based on articles by some of the best woodworkers around. I remember that one of the first issues I got featured an article by you doing an arts and crafts credenza or sideboard. A great article that gave me a lot of insight into the innards of case goods and drawer construction. I still have that issue in my collection.

I learned a lot from various magazines and books over the years and I now enjoy the advantages of the web too, but there is nothing better than learning directly from someone like yourself. As you say, there are many ways to do something right, but it’s a great advantage to learn at least ONE way to do it right initially. I’m not bragging when I say that experience has taught me that there is also an infinite number of ways to do something the wrong way. At least I’m pretty sure I haven’t yet exhausted ALL the possibilities on that score.

If I were younger and closer by I would sign up for one of your courses. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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