On Craftsmanship

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This article is from Issue 101 of Woodcraft Magazine.

Pithy observations on work and wood

A lot of work being done today doesn't have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is life-less. I hope my furniture has a soul to it.
- Sam Maloof

To learn about eye protection, ask someone who has one.
- anonymous

When the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
- Abraham Maslow

The carpenter is not the best who makes more chips than all the rest.
- Arthur Guiterman

There are no mistakes in woodworking except running out of wood.
- anonymous

A tree's wood is also its memoir.
- Hope Jahren

Measure, cut, swear, repeat.
- anonymous

Handle your tools without mittens.
- Benjamin Franklin

Good workmen never quarrel with their tools.
- Lord Byron

A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.
- George Nakashima

Education is important, but woodworking is importanter.
- anonymous

A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.
- Robert Huges

If you hit the bulls-eye every time, the target is too near.
- Wendell Castle

No one ever has the time to do it right, but everyone has the time to fix it.
- anonymous

Woodworking minus patience equals firewood.
- anonymous

Every woodworker needs a fireplace.
- anonymous

Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
- anonymous

I think objects made of wood by children, left to their own devices, will assay ten percent wood, ninety percent nails.
- Robert Paul Smith

Sure, Honey, I can make that. But I need to buy a few tools first...
- you

He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.
- St. Francis of Assisi

If it's not FUN, it's not worth doing.
- Wharton Escherick

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