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Forum topic by BritBoxmaker posted 05-22-2010 11:57 PM 2063 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2010 11:57 PM

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 05-23-2010 12:02 AM

I agree whole heartedly… I make sure that when I talk to other woodworkers I encourage them to share their knowledge so that it may be passed on and not lost…
I try to practice this philosophy…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 05-23-2010 03:02 AM

if we all share our knowledge and enthusiasm ,
it promotes interest in many corners ,
if we work one by one ,
in secret .
every one looses ,
and the market is harder on us all .

if i can’t stay ahead in my own work ,
i don’t deserve it .

if i train someone in everything i know ,
and they surpass me , good for them .
mostly i have found help that wants to work with me ,
the next question is usually ,
how much does it pay !

sharing benefits every one ,
look to the dark ages ,
nothing happened ,
because the knowledge was all secret .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 03:08 AM

Knowledge and the sharing of it promotes greater knowledge. A great vision of one may be just the seed for something even greater and that it turn promotes something great still…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 05-23-2010 03:11 AM

Give a man a hammer and he hits his thumb LOL

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 03:15 AM

I am the sponge hat absorbs the goodness. I will one day be filled with your knowledge. Then I will release the goodness to the next generation. The wheel continues to turn. The knowledge come full circle.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#6 posted 05-23-2010 03:30 AM

learn it learn learn it , use it for a while , try to think about what can be done better,
even if it meens you have to invent the wheel once more, then share all your thoughts
and knowledge to two or more
most bee the best a person can do
but the most importen you can teach anybody is learning them how can they learn to learn

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#7 posted 05-23-2010 04:03 AM

Nobody knows everything and Everybody has something to teach (and learn!)...
Looking through someone else”s eyes, in terms of methods and procedures, can be truly eye-opening…
But sharing and passing down our history and knowledge is what separates us from the beasts in the first place, isn’t it?? :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 05-23-2010 04:22 AM

i wish i could work for you david..give me a bowl of beans and some bread and im good to go…wish i could come down and do it…i agree with all that has been said…share it all and if your lucky and you find a young person who wants to learn out trade…scoop them up…i think its getting tough out there…im not in it..or i would know more..but just from what i see…...just as a side note here…have you guys seen the latest news with duane moore..its bad news…hes going to need any and ll the help we can give…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 05-23-2010 04:44 AM

I am reminded of something I heard years ago – “When an older person dies, it’s like having to watch a library burn down”. Keeping knowledge and information to yourself can end up being nothing more than wasting it. There is a lot of satisfaction in seeing someone else become more informed or skilled from what you know and share.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 05-23-2010 05:03 AM

Its a joy to learn and a joy to share . I had that feeling with my beloved father in law passed a loving man with almost 60 years of woodworking behind him and did jobs for many movie stars and crazy projects for Disney like all the very strange very difficult windows for tune town. I only wish my interest in wood working starting earlier where I could have learned some much more from him before his stroke and passing.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 05-23-2010 05:35 AM

BritBoxmaker, let me use your recent sander project as an example. I don’t have either a Joiner, Planer, nor Wide Belt/Drum Sander. Therefore, I need to spend an inordinate amount of time smoothing projects, thus limiting my productivity (and possible income). You came along and posted your blog, teaching me how to build my own Wide Drum Sander. If I build this Sander, I can also build a jig which will hold an irregular shaped piece of stock, and use the Sander as a (slower) substitute for all three dedicated tools. This will increase my productivity (and possibly income). With any increased income, I could acquire the Joiner and Planer, thus increasing my productivity (and income) considerably (If we did a good enough job, I may not need to upgrade the home built Sander).

Your having shown me how to build the Sander “gave me a fish”. My building the sander, and using it to increase my productivity (income) “taught me how to fish, thus feeding me for a lifetime”.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#12 posted 05-23-2010 06:29 AM

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day
Teach a man to fish and he’ll sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

I love to teach others. Sometimes I even get paid for it but I enjoy it either way. Ya can’t take it with you.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 05-23-2010 11:11 AM

I always thought ignorance was bliss, that is until I started woodworking!

I like what Steve (SRAS) said about losing one mans (or womans ) accumulated knowledge. But it is pretty difficult to transfer that knowledge to others.

I do believe that one of the best ways when it comes to woodworking so far is right here on LJ. Anyone looking for specific info can either search or just ask a question on a forum. Of course LJ isn’t the only place. We have the whole net as a resource. It is absolutely the most advanced and powerful learning tool in history, and we don’t even have to leave our easy chairs to get it. It also gives you the opportunity to compare several different methods towards the same end and choose the one that fits your tools and skills. This applies to a lot more than just woodworking, but that’s a good start! Luckily there are a lot of nice people out there willing to share with others and they can optimize the dispersal of their knowledge in this manner.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 05-23-2010 02:46 PM

Learning and teaching what you learn is what I believe in, without the things I have read, learned and used from here and another site my skills would be no where by now. What i also do is pass on what I have learned through trial and error in hopes seomeone can make use of them.
An example: I use a CA finish on my pens and have read or watched every video on how it is done by others, I even had a hands on from a guy in Las Vegas and have used his with a few additions of my own to make it comfortable for me tio use.
Everyone has a a way of doing something and when you pass that on to someone else they may or may not find it easy for them but they learn from this and sometimes adapt it to there situation and may even teach those they learned it from something by making a slight modification to it thereby teaching the teacher something. Knowledge is power but if only one person has the knowledge what use is it.


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#15 posted 05-23-2010 03:33 PM

I enjoy learning as much, if not more, than I enjoy doing. I’m so grateful that I live in the internet age. It enables me to learn (and learn a lot) from sites like this one. Also, if I see a wood mentioned that I had not heard of before a quick google search almost always tells me more about the wood. I really like exotic woods and I could never have learned as much as I know now about them without the internet.

I also like to share my knowledge. When I can, I will share my knowledge at this site. Also, I like to attend my local woodworking club meetings where I have, on occasion, provided a demonstration on a technique.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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