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Each cut counts

My arms tire when ribbons spill in quick successive swipes and wood smoothed results from twisting back the chisel to its task and the plane to its course.

It seems to me the hammer once withdrawn then strikes as many times as when it’s held from strikes yet one seems more to move the chisel forward than the action that withdraws so.

So too it seems to me with every arm-filled thrust of saw and shave I make I see result within each pulsinthat necessary negative to reflex an economic opposite of motion that then delivers a reduction that causes greater increase as my work builds from something dead a living useful thing.

For just as all seed falls to the earth and dies to bring forth life, so too the craftsman who constrained by every stroke brings forth a work in someone else a dedicated life.


  1. eternalBeginner on 8 October 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Woodworking is in so many ways similar with seeding , teaching – with creation.

    I have most of my knowledge in woodworking from the furniture made by a Master long time before I was born. I found his name on a wall inside a wardrobe He made for my Grand-Father. He seeded in every joint , in every stroke , in every curve.

    My deepest respect to your aims.

    • Paul Sellers on 8 October 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Thank you for this gem passed on to us all.

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