I’m just try’n to sitr things up a bit. I’m a complete novice to woodworking and I often feel overwhelmed by the feeling that there’s so much to learn. But I think part of my problem is that we – myself included – spend far to much time talking about tools and techniques and not about the wood. I read an interview with Krenov who said he never loses the excitement about shopping for wood.
Which leads to my next point. I think we don’t spend enough time talking about wood preparation. I beginning to think that, if I can 1) develop an accurate sense of how square, flat and straight a board needs to be, and 2) prep the wood to that standard, I will have gone a long way in the craft. Again as a novice, I get the feeling that I worry about achieving an unecessary or unattainable level of precision for my joints because I haven’t learned about the limits/nature of the wood I’m using. And many of my mistakes come from not taking the time to get to know that specific piece of wood I’m bulind with.
Just a thought that came to me.