I am already anti-plan. I don’t like making anything by following someone else’s plan. Figuring out how to make it is half the fun and I often change my mind about a dimension or joinery technique during the making process based on how it looks to me.
I am anti-hardware. Whenever possible, I like to make things that contain no metal. Probably no one else cares, but for me it is a point of honor to not resort to the use of metal.
I am anti-fancy design. I think the beauty is already there, in the wood, and my job is to help reveal that beauty. Clean, simple designs that show off the wood is my preferred approach.
Now, I think I am becoming anti-laminate. I was about to make a cheese board with strips of walnut and maple. The maple I was about to use was a curly maple with a very pretty grain. I stopped and asked myself why I would cut that maple up into strips. I left the maple as a solid piece and made the cheese board. It’s beautiful because the wood is beautiful. Then I made a pepper mill out of a solid piece of Hormigo Negro. WOW. I may never glue 2 alternate woods together again.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.