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Blog entry by ShawnH posted 05-03-2007 02:34 PM 958 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Back to the Jim Heavy classes. He was fantastic and his main objective was to give us more confidence to try new things and harder projects. He gave a great speech about not discounting your work as soon as you give it to someone. As fellow woodworkers, you know what I mean “Well, that didn’t turn out just like I wanted it to, there is a problem on this part here…” Just give the item and say thank you when they say they like it. You are better than you think, look back at where you have come from. If we get so anal about our projects, you take the joy out of woodworking. ” He said that a good woodworker is someone who knows how to fix their mistakes, a great woodworker knows how to fix their mistakes and tell no one. For the most part people are going to love what we have made because we made it for them . They are not going to tear it apart joint by joint and pick apart the finish. So have fun and let your work speak for itself. I paraphrased that somewhat, but you get the idea…

-- ShawnH "In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 05-03-2007 02:38 PM

I really like the distinction between a good woodworker and a great woodworker.
That’s a really good point.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 05-03-2007 04:21 PM

Thanks for giving us another way to view our work. I think most woodworkers get as good as they do because it is never as good as we want it, but your point(or Jim Heavy’s point) makes good sense.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 05-04-2007 03:29 AM

Great insite Shawn. Thanks for sharing that info.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 05-04-2007 04:43 AM

Perfection is pretty dangerous…look what happened to the last perfect Carpenter.

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#5 posted 05-04-2007 05:24 AM

Jim’s point was not to settle for mediocrity, but to remember why you are in the shop in the first place. Because you enjoy it. He was also trying to give us skills and pointers to raise us to the next level. It struck me because that is exactly what I do.

-- ShawnH "In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 05-04-2007 03:55 PM

Great advice. It is hard for me not to do that… “well, this has a tiny crack…”

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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