Itís Not That Simple

Well, sometimes it is. We are an educated society. We consider ourselves to be clever, adept problem solvers who regularly think ďoutside of the boxĒ to come up with novel solutions.  We tend to be analytical, to engage in effusive research utilizing all of the tools available to us these days on the internet.  We also want to consider all potential hazards and pitfalls. How do I know this? Iím exactly like that myself. I read your emails and I know how most of you think from what you write.

When I have identified a particular issue or challenge and Iím trying to come up with some fancy new widget which will magically solve my newest problem, there is a pattern which occurs almost every time.  I chronically overthink it. Sooner or later I will remember to remind myself to break it down to the simplest possible configuration as a starting point. I usually tend to want to start five or six steps down the evolutionary chain after having considered every possible variation in the universe. Eventually, I actually have to get started and the best place to begin is with the simplest possible configuration. Once I have a tangible working device, then I can figure out what needs to be improved, lengthened, shortened, beefed up, or slimmed down. The process goes much faster when I can actually see it in front of me.

Remember that journey of 10,000 steps? If you never take the first step, the journey never actually begins. As a woodturner, we can do preparation, but the rubber meets the road when we mount our piece in the lathe and begin to cut something out of it. Unless you have made this type of item many times before, you will be making many adjustments along the way. So the sooner you get started, the farther along you will be tomorrow.

If you have a friend who has shown an interest in learning to turn wood, the simple first step is to invite them either to a club turning meeting or over to your shop so you can make some shavings. It works the same way when you invite someone to church. You donít beat them over the head with a Bible. You just invite them to come and visit. You might even offer to pick them up and give them a ride. How about lunch afterward to talk about the meeting?

Sometimes it really is that simple, because wherever you go, there you are.

Here is my inspiration for this weekís message:

Matthew 11:30 KJV
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Acts 15:28 KJV
For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;



We will also be in the Peachtree Woodworking Supply booth again this year at SWAT in Waco, Texas on August 26-28, 2016.

Peach State Woodturners in Oxford, Ga. Thursday evening meeting Sept 1st, 2016 More info here: I will be explaining the assembly process we use to successfully glue up the laser cut inlay Christmas Ornament Kits.

Notice: Due to our travel schedule, orders received after Saturday Aug 20, 2016, will ship the following week when we return to the office. We are sorry for the delay, but we can't be in two places at the same time.

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