A Strategy for Woodworking #25: Agreement

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 09-12-2014 02:21 PM 1359 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 24: Practice Part 25 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 26: Wood & Water »

You may have noticed. Woodworkers are almost always right in their opinion of things. Hard to find one who doesn’t completely agree with his last statement. Most of them are confident in their ability to be right. Almost all of the time too.

Therefore I have come up with two axioms about woodworkers that I know to be true. I am also a woodworker so this must be right.

These two things are the only things that woodworkers can agree upon.

Number One: Wood moves. Now that doesn’t mean you’ll pay attention to this fact, but it is true and inviolable and a fact. Wood moves. Pay attention to this.

Number the Second: Other woodworkers don’t know what the heck they’re talking about. Also inviolable and a fact.

It’s why we work alone so we can agree with ourselves and our superior line of reasoning every day. Thank you.

The Northwest Woodworking Studio

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

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#1 posted 09-12-2014 04:56 PM



Everyone has an opinion. I listen and see if it makes sense/then see if it fits me.

Great advice.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 09-12-2014 10:18 PM

I only have one rule … ” When I speak the timber agrees.” HAR!

Not too long ago this was a simple craft. With the rise of the internet it has become much more complicated for the newcomer.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#3 posted 09-13-2014 12:28 PM

I always have a conference about decisions in the shop at the bench table, with, me, myself, and I…..LOL

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

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#4 posted 09-13-2014 04:02 PM

I am in Roger’s camp. I like being in the shop by myself and only invite people in when I need a little help or to show them something, then I want them to leave!!!!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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