Well... I think we all have things we intend to do, and just don't get arou
nd to doing them. For many, buy the accoutrements is the most fun, learnin
g to use them, not so much.
I think too, how long it took me to develop fluency with the tools I use al
l the time, and honestly, to use them well took years. So I sympathize wit
h the guy that dreams of being a cabinet builder, gets inspired by watching
Krenov video, looks at Karl or Leon's work, or looks at a magazine and say
s to himself "hey, I think I could do that". Sadly, they don't understand
that it isn't the tools that make the craftsman, but the years spent using
them to gain proficiency.
Over the last 40 years of doing all manner of wood working, I am surprised
at a couple of things with wood workers. First, how many folks have thousa
nds of dollars invested in shop tools, only to make a coffee table or a nig
ht stand once a year. Sometimes a keepsake box for good measure. Second,
I am surprised by the industrious few that do great work with very inexpens
ive tools and at that, damn few of them. Hand me down saws used with homem
ade guides, chisels that need to be sharpened every 20 minutes of use, no p
neumatic guns (not even a brad nailer), just a few clamps, no drill/driver,
etc., and yet they have a ball. And as mentioned, some really turn out so
me nice work. Their only downfall is that it takes them months of their sp
are time to do what it takes a pro to do in a day.
I think is like the guy that likes to play golf that reads a ton of magazin
es, puts thousands into clubs, cleats, gloves, and occasional lesson, balls
, etc., but only plays once a month. Never goes to the driving range, but
thinks he can learn by simply playing more often.
No matter what it is, when you are doing anything that requires processes o
f some sort, motor skills of some sort, and the confidence to use both of t
hose skills, you don't learn without a lot of perseverance and practice. I
know a lot of folks that have the money and the desire to do certain thing
s, but as one of my amigos says, "then life gets in the way" and they never
get to do the things they want.
But they can still read that magazine while sitting on the hopper first thi
ng in the morning and keep their dreams alive.