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Learning Curve #4: Personal Growth

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 02-02-2007 02:07 AM 865 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I made a couple more “Life Guide” tools to use with my clients and as I look back at my day I realized that I was quite efficient and if anyone had been watching they might have thought that I knew what I was doing!

With an idea of what I wanted, I “selected” the wood that I wanted, I cut it to size on the mitre saw, I started up the ol’ (well, “new”) spindle sander and smoothed down the edges and sides, I used the scroll saw to cut out designs, I flipped on the little Dremel Router and put a curved edge on the pieces, I hand-sanded, and I wood-burned the appropriate words into the wood (and I even spelled them correctly, unlike on the leather in my wooden Journal – thanks, Jenn, for pointing that out!).

It was just a couple weeks ago that I was getting my mini-lessons on how to set up the tools for my use and now I was flying around the shop like a pro. I have to admit that it felt pretty good and the projects didn’t turn out too badly either!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



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Karson

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#1 posted 02-02-2007 03:22 AM

Lookout Debbie: You will soon be on to tables and chairs. I hope you have room for them :>)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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frank

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#2 posted 02-02-2007 03:39 AM

Hi Debbie;
—-to know your-self as oneself is to know that you can only do ’very good projects’!!!

What some call a mistake or a bad project is to my way of thinking only an unfinished project, since any worker of wood knows how to fix and move on to the next step of the project which is success….achiever….winner !

I may have shared this before but this is still worth a repeat:

“I tell you, if one wants to be active, one must not be afraid of going wrong, one must not be afraid of making mistakes now and then. Many people think that they will become good just by doing no harm – but that’s a lie, and you yourself used to call it that. That way lies stagnation, mediocrity.” —by Vincent van Gogh

“It was just a couple weeks ago that I was getting my mini-lessons on how to set up the tools for my use and now I was flying around the shop like a pro. I have to admit that it felt pretty good and the projects didn’t turn out too badly either!!”

Believe in your-self and no-one will ever be able to throw you off track….
Tomorrows project will all-ways be your best project!
Personal groweth only grows well, when watered daily with personal positive words which in turn become the power thoughts of now!
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 02-02-2007 04:16 AM

Frank, do you have people beating a path to your doorstep to listen to your wisdom??? !!!

Your words remind me of a phrase I heard many years ago and I have tried to live by: “if something is worth doing, it is worth doing wrong”. (or, it’s better to have tried and lost than not to have tried at all)..
When I work with parents and educators I talk about the diffence in learning between a child who does something and does it right and the child who does something and makes a mistake . The child making a “mistake” has actually learned more than the one who had things turn out correctly (that is of course depending on whether the first child knows how to learn from the situation.)

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s projects (or next week’s, which ever comes first)

Karson, I have lots of room—an acre of land waiting to be filled up :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 02-02-2007 04:17 AM

Ah… an acres worth of land to pull down the trees, and put up a forest of chairs, tables, bookcases and more. What a landcape!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Don

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#5 posted 02-02-2007 08:18 AM

Debbie, if your woodworking experience runs true to form, you will learn by doing even if you sometimes think, “Will I ever make any progress with this?”

It never ceases to impress me how much one learns by simply getting stuck into the work. Little by little you face new frontiers and steep hills, but as Frank has said, it’s these experiences that build new skills into our hands and brains.

I’ll pick up a tool and proceed to do something. Then suddenly, I realize that this ‘something’ is a skill that previously had been a hurdle. Where did I learn how to do this? Oh, yes, I did this when making my last project and here I am with a level of skill that came out of that once daunting experience.

Keep at it – you will surprise yourself and your friends.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#6 posted 02-02-2007 08:56 AM

Debbie, I think you need to change your signature – clearly not a “woodworker wannabee”!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 02-02-2007 01:15 PM

thanks everyone :)

Scott—maybe I’ll have to grow trees and form them into living chairs

Don – I’m already surprising myself :)

David, I’ll have to think about that—what to call me now?? hmm

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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