All tools seem to be magical when used by skilled craftsmen
and craftswomen. I recently purchased a powerful laser
engraver. That tool allows me to produce almost magical
items, but it is just a tool exactly like my table saw, band
saw, scroll saw and radial arm saw. They do what I tell them
to when I tell them to and as many times as I tell them to.
They cannot think for themselves, or pick what they will be
making. I do all of that.
lathe chisel in the hands of David Ellsworth will produce a
far different bowl or hollow form than the exact same bowl
gouge in my hands. John Jordan’s hollowing tools in my hands
will never make as thin a hollow vessel as when they are in
John’s hands. Richard Raffan’s turned lidded boxes will
always be smoother and better shaped than mine even though I
use the same scrapers and gouges he uses. Kirk Deheer’s tiny
threaded boxes will always screw on better than mine, even
though he took lots of time teaching me how he does such a
Accomplished craftsmen and craftswomen have taken the time
to develop the “Master’s Touch”. Most of the time, their
tools are set up just the way they are comfortable with so
they are easier to use to accomplish a given task. The magic
is in their considerable expertise gained through many years
of practice and refinement. That same “Master’s Touch” is
within your grasp with practice and patience.
perfection is 10 points on a scale of 1-10, most of the time
a 4, 5, or 6 is pretty darned impressive to our friends and
relatives. That is where most of us live and I for one am
good with that. Yes I always strive for that 10, but no one
ever makes 10 all the time. Remember that the craft of
woodturning along with many other things in life is an
experience and a journey. So, enjoy it. We never actually
arrive at the end of our destination as long as we remain on
this side of the dirt.
have seen lots of T-shirts with the phrase “One Tool Away
From Greatness!” I am as guilty as the next guy thinking the
magic was in exactly the right tool and if I just bought the
right tool, everything would be wonderful. And it will be if
you get the right tool and learn to use it through patience
and practice. Because, wherever you go, there you are.
Here is my inspiration for this message:
18:16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him
before great men.
Happy Thanksgiving to All
the spirit of giving, Thanksgiving is next week and
Christmas isn’t far behind. I have instructed my web master
to activate a coupon code “thankful” (must be lower case)
which will save you 15% off everything on the entire
website. If you have been waiting for the more expensive
items to go on sale, this is your chance. Or, if you want to
stock up on lots of little things I don’t normally put on
sale, now is the time.
case you didn't already know, I have posted tons of "Free
Download" stuff on my web site.