The Amateur and the Artisan

I read a comment recently by Steve Voorheis.

It resonated with me, and I felt both the truth of the statement, and some guilt at the same time, that perhaps I am letting the side down somewhat as it were.

The statement was brief, and in essence stated that it is up to the amateur woodworkers to keep the true woodworking skills and techniques alive (such as handcutting dovetails, and the whole gamut of old methods), as the professional woodworkers have no time to do so.

Gives you an added sense of responsibility, to not only learn the techniques, but to also continue to use them – those of us to whom time spent on a particular project is irrelevant – it is the journey, rather than how fast you can arrive at the finished product that is the real reward.

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