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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 11-08-2007 10:35 PM

Bob – Well, I suppose it depends on your perspective. There is a huge amount of science involved in playing a piano … you can define it pounds of force on the keys and the mechanical motion of the hammers and the quality of the strings and sound board and the exacting process of manufacture. You can define all the tones in hertz and decibles. But my skill (or lack thereof) has a huge affect on what comes out of that piano. To me, that’s art. I think it’s similar with sharpening – lots of science involved, but my skill (or lack thereof) really determines the outcome. I suppose I would consider a “Drill Doctor” is sharpening science.

Danny – Sorry to hijack your post with a philosophical discussion of art vs. science! While Bob and I don’t agree on what to call it, we do agree that you need a good system with high quality abrasives, and if you follow the system, you will get better with practice (or practise?).

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