Short Shavings #3: Finishing the finish.

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Blog entry by Div posted 07-30-2010 09:20 PM 1441 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I once heard a wonderful little story about someone visiting a brass foundry. After observing the sand moulds and the casting process, the visitor walked over to an old man polishing a brass casting. The piece was already very shiny and quite beautiful, yet the man was patiently buffing and polishing. “It looks beautiful, when will it be finished?” the visitor asked. “Oh, it never gets finished.” the man replied. “They just come and take it away.”

Many times, that is exactly how it goes when I am finishing a piece. I feel that I never get it finished. Eventually, the deadline just comes and takes it away….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 07-30-2010 09:38 PM

that one made me laugh … so true

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#2 posted 07-30-2010 09:55 PM

Good story Div. Thanks for the chuckle.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-30-2010 10:06 PM

I face this situation every day in my practice of dentistry. Precise cuts, artistic as well as functional service. Mimicing nature. Trying to work as a compassionate healer. Most of the time only very few will ever appreciate the detail, fit and finish of one’s work. I always felt that being a pretty good woodworker helped me to be a good dentist. For me it is not just the deadline, I must deal with the continual changes in the body as we age and try to keep people comfortable. I have often said, “The best we are often able to do is provide long term but temporary dentistry”. Most of the materials have a life cycle of say 25 years and needs to be replaced. Most of the time very rewarding, some of the time, disheartening. I’ve gotten to the point that I like the woodworking better.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 07-30-2010 10:17 PM

niice little story
and makes me sad becourse too often it´s so true in this stressed world

well you better be sure they don´t take away your project before it has grown to bee a tree


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#5 posted 07-30-2010 10:21 PM

great little story

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#6 posted 07-30-2010 11:13 PM

Schwieb: Hey Doc, I would love a dentist who is also a woodworker! My teeth would have been a lot better; I could swop timber for a filling….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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