Fair Woodworking

September 17, 2016

Skill vs. Ability

Filed under: Fair Woodworking & Hand Tool Blog — fairwoodworking @ 9:45 pm

Editors note. I wrote this post a few years ago, and after todays events I thought it appropriate to re post.

Skill vs. Ability

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If you are one of those people that seem to be good at everything the first time you try it?

You can go screw yourself!!!

No not really…

Well, maybe just a little.

Unlike the rest of us, you jerks, have some kind of natural ability, and it lets you adapt to new things much quicker than us mortals.

But, don’t take us too lightly, you superhuman weenies.

We have a little trick up our sleeves that in the long run, will even the playing field.

We will develop skill!

It won’t happen today, or tomorrow, but one day!



Our hard earned skills will rival your freakish adaptive abilities, and perhaps even exceed them.

Yes one day you won’t be able to look down on us any more!

For we will be soaring far above you with wings of skill!

And we will hope that you never, ever practice to develop more skill of your own, or you will become better than us again.

And we will hate you once more.


If you follow me on instagram you may have seen that I’ve taken a serious interest in placing well at cutting dovetails in the Handtool Olympics that took place at Popular Woodworking in America. My only hope was just to place well. Although I admittedly wanted to win, I didn’t’ believe I was at that level.

Perhaps the competition was not at its best this year, I don’t know.  But somehow practiced skills won out over abilities today, and I am the damed champion of the dovetail world.

I hope to talk more about this in the near future because there is a valuable lesson to learn here, but the long and the long and the short of it for now is this.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win.



  1. Great job man!! You ARE the champion of the dovetail world!

    Comment by Bob — September 18, 2016 @ 9:46 am

    • Thanks man! Better get your game on caus the Olympics are coming soon to a town near you! #workingwoodnonclub

      Comment by fairwoodworking — September 18, 2016 @ 9:11 pm

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