I am sitting here honestly slightly bummed because I would love to be in my shop but my 4 year old and wife (who works nights) are sleeping and my shop happens to be directly below them. I am however thinking about a project that I have been fighting to get started and with other projects and well life getting in the way I have only built it in my head (probably look a lot better if it stays there).
This project however has a few things new in it, as I am trying to implement new aspects in to most of my work and as a newer woodworker this isn’t difficult (the including not the actual application). It got me thinking though about were we all get our advice and I don’t mean in general as we all get advice from everyone I mean the real go to “man if they say it I will try it even if I doubt it” advice.
Now I pull a lot of info and answers to my queries off the internet and have a few places I trust and a few Lumberjocks I trust (shout out to Jim and Don) but all in all I look for inspiration from the internet more than solutions when it comes to my projects, I will admit a lot of that comes from the fact I like to problem solve and I am stubborn. What I miss as a woodworker that I am jealous of others is that mentor or person who either taught us as a kid or we can go to and pick their brain.
I know that it is nice that my Father and children enjoy my projects and that my sister loves it when I make something for my niece but don’t we all secretly crave to have a person to learn from hands on? I think that wood guilds are a resource that are definitely a help in this area. Although I live an hour away from mine and with five kids, a job and a wife it is unrealistic that I can make it up there and if I could honestly shop time is the area of life that would haft to be cut back.
Anyway off my way more whinny point than originally expected, I am curious where we all get our answers and ideas that we trust as much or more than our own intuition.
-- why get a plan when you can get even more experience