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Posted on Paul Sellers push for a return to traditional woodworking skills

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#1 posted 08-10-2012 10:32 PM

In my opinion the focus has shifted to selling expensive tools rather than on skill building. Many of the people you named are heavily influenced by companies making expensive woodworking tools.

I agree to some extent, but Roy UnderHill, Chris Schwarz, and Shannon Rogers are certainly not boutique handtool mavens; Rob Cosman, yeah, but then he’s selling his own line of tools and designs. Ironically, the current vintage handtool market – the tools that Paul uses – is in a fairly substantial bubble now. For the price of some of these vintage tools you see on ebay and elsewhere, you could actually save money by buying a new Lie Nielsen or Lee Valley equivalent. That gap is closing very quickly.

I also don’t think any of the people you named can teach at the level Paul Sellers can and none of them offer the kind of comprehensive fundamental woodworking training that Paul does.

Perhaps, but I’m guessing you’d get a different assessment from students of other woodworking instructors.

Hey, I like what Paul does. I don’t doubt his expertise and teaching skills one iota. What I find unnecessary is the way he markets himself and his woodworking philosophy. I think his methods and teaching speak for themselves and don’t need that if you want to know what real woodworking is all about and want to be a real woodworker then follow me…

Paul may mean something entirely innocuous when he talks about “real woodworking” and “real woodworkers,” but if he does he needs to do a much better job making that clearer.

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