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Blog entry by hObOmOnk posted 01-29-2011 04:49 PM 1316 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch


-- 温故知新

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#1 posted 01-29-2011 09:35 PM

True words my friend! Without the doing and developing, refining the skill, not even the most expensive tool will get you anywhere. Here in Africa, I have seen the most incredible work done with primative even crude tools. Skill and determination was/is the most important ingredient….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 02:57 AM

Very true.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 01:35 PM

I have fond memories of watching master craftsmen in Kenya doing woodworking with a minimum of tools:
  • a turner using a foot treadle lathe
  • a woodcarver with only one chisel
  • a carpenter with a broken handsaw

My Japanese woodworking teachers carried ALL of their tools in a single wooden box. They worked very close to the wood.

My Grandfather worked at a bench made from split logs. He was a living museum.

The more I learn the less I need.

-- 温故知新

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 02:26 AM

I took my first “official” class in woodworking here on the west coast at the William Ng school almost 3 months ago. It cost me $400. Never a regret do I have. Us woodworkers have a unique problem. We are loners. We love company, but when it comes to creativity and finding our “zone” in the shop, we detest conversation. Thus we are ever to be limited by our own peculiar dispositions. I don’t know how may times I’ve said “If I could only have told myself before I started to do it this way instead….” THAT is what paying for lessons involve. We will NEVER become truly better unless someone comes along side and teaches us. It’s a humbling experience. We all have that pride streak that doesn’t like other critically analyzing the method or results of our hobby (unless it agrees with our point of view). Without mentors, our trade is doomed to repeat the same cycle – make mistakes find a better way and then take those secrets with us when we pass away. (sorry didn’t mean to end the paragraph with the inevitability of death) :-)

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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