That has been my experience and I am very grateful for the openness in the woodturning community to share information. This degree of willingness to share information is not always the case in other areas of art and crafts. I second what Mark says. One member of this and other woodturning forums has a technique for embellishing turnings that I think is very beautiful. I made some WAG's about how it was done, but he informed that my guesses were not what he did and that he was not ready to share his technique -- I presumed because this design technique was part of his bread and butter. I fully understand and respect his position. My interest stemmed from my curious nature (an incurable condition that seems to afflict most engineers and scientists) and not any real interest in making something that looks like his creations. I think that I read on SMC that he is now showing students willing to pay for lessons how his technique is done. I believe that most of the pros who I have taken classes from have requested that what has been taught not be used to make carbon copies of their work, but instead to come up with something of our own creation to apply what we have learned. That is a reasonable request.