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"The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools."
Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
I think that if I did not work with wood, my life would be a hollow emptiness. If I did not form and shape and build, what would I have done to leave my mark in this world?
Jonas Wainwright, 1832
My eyes have been filled with the endlessly changing patterns of the grains. I have felt the warmth of a thousand suns in my hands every day. I have smelled the rich, tangy odors of the freshly hewn chips. These are the things that have made my life so fine.
Take a piece of wood — plane, sand and oil it and you will find it is a beautiful thing. The more you do to it from then on, the more chance that you will make it worse.
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