A Strategy for Woodworking #24: Practice

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 09-08-2014 01:26 PM 1055 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Getting back to the bench is as much elixir as it is simple nourishment. I spend most of every day working in the shop. When I want to relax, where do you think I want to go? To the bench of course. To work with my hands. To make something. To talk to myself perhaps above all. No matter. It’s practice.

Practice is what is needed to learn, to become proficient, to master. I worked next to a Japanese Living Treasure one year up at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. He was a ceramic artist and spoke no English. His daughter was his helper, translator, and student. She would help him in class and she would practice her own craft. Every day, she would make the same pot and then crush it. Make it again, and then crush it. Over and over again. She worked every day to get the pot into her hands, into her bones so that in the end there was no thought required. It was a part of her like her breathing.

Musicians practice scales, ballplayers practice slides, craftspeople practice skills. Come join us at the Studio and learn new ones or practice the old. Either way you will enrich your life and get the craft into your bones

The Northwest Woodworking Studio

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

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#1 posted 09-08-2014 05:06 PM


Wish I could “join you at the studio.” But I will add proficiency to my P’s of woodworking. Practice was one of them. Hope your school is a success.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 09-08-2014 11:03 PM

Practice practice practice is the key.

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

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