If you’d like to become a better woodworker,

then the answer isn’t making simple pieces over and over again,

and contrary to popular belief,

it isn’t about practicing every day-

it isn’t about watching videos or reading wood working books and blogs like this one.

No, if you’d like to really become a better wood worker,

( or for that matter, get better at anything )

then do something difficult.


The Valet project was difficult...but I did it.

The Valet project was difficult…but I did it.


Think about it.

If you don’t challenge yourself, and try tackling a project that seems out of reach,

then how will you ever grow?

How will you know if you’re capable of making that project you’ve been putting off for so long?

The one that scares you when you think about starting it-

the one that you think you don’t have the skills or talent to create?

You’ll never know until you try.

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Practice is safe.

When we practice, nine times out of ten, we get caught in the safety net of practicing what we already know.

We’re all guilty of this.

You already know how to cut dovetails-

yet, you’ll spend time practicing them.

Forget about them !

You already know how to make them.

Sure, practice for a few minutes before executing that special box for the Queen of the Universe,

but if you’d really like to grow as a maker,

move to the next level and try something more difficult.

Whatever you consider to be ‘more difficult‘-

go try that for awhile.


Look through a book or magazine if you have/want to,

or better yet, visit a Museum or high end furniture Gallery,

find something that you’d consider to be completely out of your reach and,

go try making it.

Why not?

What have you got to lose?


That’s when the real energy starts to flow.

That’s when the knots in your stomach will really start to mean something.

And on the flip side, what do you think will happen when you finally do succeed?

That’s when the real flood of adrenaline, pride and sense of accomplishment hits home-; )

when you try doing difficult things you grow.

When you do difficult things, that sense of fear you once had becomes a sense of power-

Then, the next time you look at something ‘difficult‘,

something you feel may be out of your reach,

it will instead become a sense of excitement-

a challenge,

and ‘difficult’ won’t trigger a sense of fear, but instead a sense of exhilaration.



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