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Re: finding out who to listen to...

Wiley Horne
My experience....Like David, I have learned from experience to heed Warren. But here’s the thing: Warren doesn’t write a cookbook for you. He gives you—usually in one sentence—the clue or the observation you need. He gives you a course correction, but you still have to do the work of thinking. One time, I was struggling with a satinwood project where I was using a lot of shop sawn veneer to stretch the limited supply of quartered wood I had. Somewhere in that sequence, Warren said ‘use solid wood’. At the time, I thought that wasn’t very helpful. But I had pure hell with that project, and in the end I was left with the unforgettable conviction that Warren was right. Another time, more recently, I was showing the result of some double-iron planing with different setbacks. Warren commented, just from the phone camera photos, that one of the planes had its cap iron too close and was dulling the surface. He did this in 4-5 words, and it was a great help to me and an insight about reading the surface (I was mainly looking for tearout) that I had missed. Immensely valuable, and I haven't forgotten. There are other examples, but those will do.

It reminds me a little of Krenov. If you’re trying to build a particular Krenov project from his book, you won’t find steps 1, 2, 3....But it’s all there—you just have to search for the clues, and do some thinking about it.

So. My experience is that Warren’s posts have given me deeply valuable info in a few words and no explication. I listen now.

Wiley

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Light vs Heavy planes
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Friction, and more
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