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

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 12:02 AM

Ron says, ”I think Paul Sellers agenda is to return to basics and not put so much dependence on the latest and greatest tool….”

That may be his goal but the gateway to traditional hand tool woodworking is sharpening. I never got past his video on sharpening before giving up on him. He doesn’t appear to grasp the basics of traditional sharpening and, instead, teaches a method that wastes a lot of time and will yield unpredictable results. Traditional sharpening is incredibly simple and dependable but so many of the current gurus out there screw it up with gimmicks.

I don’t understand the current mantra that someone has to be an expert in hand tools to be a “real craftsman” or why so many offer so much hand tool advise when anyone with any experience will immediately see they really don’t work the way they imply they do.

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