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What are our goals as woodworkers?

david weaver
This is a follow up to the sellers post below. I obviously have different goals than many, working around the edges of the hobby building more tools than furniture and with a fanatical fascination with different sharpening stones, despite never having trouble getting a sharp edge with the very first set I made.

For a couple of years, I figured that I'd be a mostly power tool user. I didn't do anything well. I still don't do anything great, but the planes I've been able to make are bordering on made well.

I've noticed that a lot of people who were in this hobby when I started haven't seemed to go anywhere and some have taken special interest in certain things and zoomed past in a shorter period of time.

Point being, what keeps me in the hobby is that I want to learn to do something really well. Professionally well, not that I want to do it professionally (as in pay), but I want my work to be indistinguishable from professional work. This is probably going to be making planes for me, but I generally do them only by hand - that's the only thing I find enjoyable. But in making a half dozen planes so far (instead of making two and then making something entirely different), I am getting a level of satisfaction that I didn't get when I was going from project to project and never getting good at anything.

I have resigned myself to the point that if I do build some more furniture, I'm going to build a half dozen of the same thing. I can't fully understand the aspects and get the design elements down in one. I suspect that for a lot of professionals who made well known items, their best work was the work that they made a lot of and really had the ability to get deeply into. I'd imagine they had a satisfaction when they knew that they were doing something well, too. A satisfaction I'd like to experience more. It drives me nuts to do something mediocre, and it drives me nuts to do something really well only because i did it really slowly.

I'm reminded of klausz saying to someone (and I don't remember who) that one of the problems with hobbyists is that they don't pick something to get good at, they just do a lot of things, and he wasn't commenting on whether or not they were having a good time, but maybe he was indirectly - that they'd be more satisfied if they picked a few things and did them well.

So, what do you think of yourself as far as your goals go? A goal of doing many things, or of doing a few things and getting really good at them?

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