a1Jim opened the world of wood finishing by recommending Charles Neil to me. I’ve devoured all the free You Tube video’s I can find, and would like to get the A-Z series, once I can justify the price, plus I am not much for DVD’s, quaint little disks as they are. I prefer to use my PC for most video when I can.
Charles says a phrase a lot; “that’s just the way it is”, and every time I hear it I say to myself, but why?
He is a lot like me in that he has a natural aptitude for physics, but he stopped short of answering some of the ‘why’s’. Lets face it, if you’ve ever tried to learn physics the right way, you soon learn that it’s almost as tough as learning 7 foreign languages at once, however it’s still doable in layman’s terms.
So once in a while, I’ll post one of those why’s which almost always increases my understanding of the subject.
I highly recommend his videos. He does explain a lot of things we take for granted. Sometimes putting the reason out there causes you to think about it in new ways. Ways you would not normally be challenged to think.
For instance, the summer and winter growth of trees; summer being less dense than winter. We all pretty much know this, but how that applies to blotching with stains and dyes and weathering of wood isn’t always apparent, and it’s those little jewels of info that take the rough edges off our work.
-- Mom always said, "you can do anything you put your mind to." The older I get the more I realize she was right.