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#1 posted 12-05-2013 03:59 PM

No, nothing’s wrong with you. I’d say there’s a lot right with you. The difference between you and the vast majority of guys your age is that you’re getting your priorities straight before everyone else. As you noted, leveling up in a game or scoring big points pales in comparison to having crafted something tangible.

Consider yourself lucky that you caught the bug at a younger age. I’m 34 with a wife and an almost 4 year old kid. I used to be an avid PC gamer. At one point you’d find me playing Star Wars Battlefront online, almost always playing a sniper. I got to be such a ridiculously good shot that I’d regularly have opposing players accuse me of cheating with aimbot hacks. No, I was just that good. I could go all day if real life didn’t interfere.

But I gave up gaming altogether before my daughter was born, because I knew that I could either be a gamer or a father, so I opted for the latter. The extent of my gaming is now an occasional chess match on my phone. I only got serious about this in the last few years. Disposable income for new (or new-to-me) tools is pretty much non-existent most of the time.

Here’s my advice. Use this time before you have a family to provide for in order to invest in your tools and skills. Don’t go in the hole, but do buy the best you can afford. Find something you can do well and make a name for yourself. Watch everything wood-related on YouTube. A lot of folks have different ways of doing things. Find what works for you. Paralysis by analysis is an easy trap to fall into. This goes double for sharpening. It’s a skill that all your other hand tool skills will be built upon. Sharp tools make good work. But sharpening should only be a means to an end. For some it becomes an all-encompassing black hole, and once you cross the event horizon into obsession you’ll spend all your time chasing the perfect edge and never making anything. Making mistakes is all part of the process, and how you actually learn.

I see from your forum posts that you’re asking a lot of questions. That too, is good. Never stop doing that.

-- Brian Timmons -

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