Fair Woodworking

July 5, 2014

LN bound

Filed under: Fair Woodworking & Hand Tool Blog — fairwoodworking @ 12:10 am

First off. If you are sitting in a hotel in Maine getting ready to attend the Dutch Tool Chest class at LN tomorrow, I should apologize in advance. You’ll probably be able to pick me out of the group if you watch out for a few things. I’ll be the one that is too loud, too easily distracted, too quick with a dumb joke, too stinky, or too Canadian.
Or you can just look for the goofball that shows up with a his tools stored in a DTC and a fresh coat of paint.
The truth is I feel a little like a turd to take a class to build something I just finished building, but I have to think I’m not the first one.

I’m also not entirely attending the class because the teacher is a personal hero, although I’ll admit that when I ran into him at the tool barn this afternoon, I did pee a little. Good thing I brought a spare pair of underwear.

The big reason was that I’ve always wanted to, but never did take a woodworking course before. You see I, like many, am self taught. Very self taught, and I can’t think of a worse way to learn woodworking. The thing is, although I’m not a great woodworker, I don’t think I’ve ever had the chance to work with another woodworker that is clearly superior to me in their skill and knowledge.
This is a chance for me to try to learn something from a real live person, and not a book or website.

So ya, I’m going to look like a keener try hard tomorrow.  I don’t mind that.
I just want to see if I can learn something I’ve missed, or un learn a bad habit that I don’t know I have.
If you are self taught, don’t make the mistake of wearing it like a badge of honor. The absence of a teacher is a weakness not a strength.

Just go try to fing someone who is better than you, and try to learn something.
It’s good for you



  1. Good luck with the class. I’ve wanted to check out LN toolworks for some time but I can’t seem to get my family to tag along. And when you say that being self taught isn’t all it’s cracked up to be I agree with you 100%. I’ve taken about a half dozen woodworking classes-I would love to take more but they can get expensive-and learned more than I learned from reading 50+ books. To me, woodworking is a visual art, and all the theory in the world means nothing until you see it done in person. I hope Schwarz lives up to the hype.

    Comment by billlattpa — July 5, 2014 @ 12:25 am

  2. 100% with you here, self taught until I got to Roy’s in 2011. Besides meeting a hero, it was completely game changing for my skills. Laying out with marking knives “clicked” and I finally figured out what “sharp” was.
    Hope you have fun, I will be looking for snarky tweets from all the #realwoodworking going on (Also tremendously jealous of you hangin’ with CS who I need to get a class from.)

    Comment by Jeremy — July 5, 2014 @ 12:58 am

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