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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 05-31-2013 12:16 PM

Interesting question there Mr. Rett. I most definitely not a master woodworker; however I make my living playing guitar and teaching music. (I also have a Master’s in Guitar Performance although I don’t think of myself as a Master guitar player)

I have taken lessons with some of the greatest players on the planet. The greatest musicians I have encountered I always describe as they play the instrument, the instrument doesn’t play them. Complete poetry in motion.

My father is a master Diesel Mechanic when he turns a wrench it is just so, not too much not too little. He has been doing it for almost 40 years. He works the tools, not the reverse.

It’s not the tools that make a master however it’s the knowledge basis, the know how, the body reflexes when using it, overcoming the limitations and mistakes, and most importantly the ability to create a piece of themselves that lives on to something lasting. Take John Towsend and Sam Maloof for example.

These people don’t just exist; they excel every second of every day. That is some of what makes them masters

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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