Becoming a master means doing it yourself, of course.
I’m whittling spindles for several Windsor chairs. A friend of mine says to me, “why don’t you just buy those spindles? Why waste your time making them?” I thought about his question for a moment. It was reasonable. It made sense. I mean, at my age, I shouldn’t be wasting time on unimportant things. Right? Ah…not wrong, but definitely, not right.
Show me a carpenter who has not challenged his mates to a nail driving contest and I’ll show you a guy who probably has a lot of “pulls and re-starts.” Some people think of repetitious tasks as being boring, perhaps to the point of deadening the creative spirit. Well, I’m here to tell you that is a bunch of baloney. Watch a master craftsman at his trade. Certainly, intelligence, talent and desire help to make him a master. But it is the act of doing something time after time, learning…
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