Monday, October 02, 2006

Woodworking Wisdom from Cormac McCarthy

Have you ever noticed how bull-headed so many woodworkers are? Why is that? Why is it that once we've done something the same way once or twice we usually stop looking for ways to improve our technique? Maybe it's what psychologists call "functional fixedness." I don't know. A related thing I've noticed is that many of us are loath to let it show when we're seeing somebody else doing something we didn't know about.

To that end, check out the following quote from Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses. My wife is reading it right now, and she emailed this to me today.

"They listened with great attention as John Grady answered their questions and they nodded solemnly and they were careful of their demeanor that they not be thought to have opinions on what they heard for like most men skilled at their work they were scornful of any least suggestion of knowing anything not learned at first hand."

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