|Forum topic by Don W||posted 355 days ago||1306 views||1 time favorited||84 replies|
355 days ago
The nice thing about this site is the collective knowledge. Although there are some folks who come here just to get questions answered, the number of folks willing to share their knowledge is outstanding.
I’ve often heard many beginning in the craft, be it for fun or for profit, who won’t answer questions because they don’t feel they know enough to speak. I say hogwash.
I believe we all have the same amount to learn. Now I know I’ll get an argument for that statement, but bare with me for a minute.
I believe the more you know, the more you need to know.
For instance, a person who doesn’t use hand planes doesn’t need to know how to sharpen them. And if he decides to learn hand planing he probably doesn’t even know he needs to know how to flatten the sole, so there it is. He didn’t need to know how to flatten the sole, and now he needs to know, even though he doesn’t know it yet.
Learning the stuff you know you need to know is the easy part. Figuring out what you need to know can be the difficult task.
Once you know how to apply an oil finish, you’ll need to know lacquer.
Once you know how to smooth with a smoother, you’ll need to know how to level with a jack and scrape with a scraper.
You can’t stop it, once you learn 1 thing, there are 2 more things you’ll need to learn.
So what’cha got. What do you need to learn, so some one else can tell you what you don’t know you’ll need to learn?
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