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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.
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.
A tree's wood is also its memoir.
- Hope Jahren
Measure, cut, swear, repeat.
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.
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.
Woodworking minus patience equals firewood.
Every woodworker needs a fireplace.
Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
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...
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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