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The writing on the wall...

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On my shop walls, I occasionally write things that help to keep me inspired and focused.

These are things I see on my shop wall......some date back 20, or more years.

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You can't rush art

Drone on

Observe and learn

Keep tweaking the notes

Do it now

Don't mess with it, reject it

Keep improving

Evaluate and revise

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Sooooo......what can you add to these things? ;)

-----odie-----
 
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I have writings on my walls all over the place. Here are just a few of them:

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong" - Joseph Chilton Pearce

“If you only look to other woodturners for inspiration, your possible outcomes are limited. If you look around your world at all objects, there​
are unending possibilities for inspiration.” Beth Ireland

“…developing a signature work is what happens when you focus. If you force it, it'll look forced. Don't rush it, just make lots of what you like to make and some day you'll say "that's my signature". Too many new turners are in too much of a hurry to be "there" before they get there….”
Cindy Drozda.

If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got. Have we learned anything? Dave Fritz.

"If you hear that little voice in your head saying, that's good enough. It probably isn't." Wally Dickerman
"If you’re not out there on the edge, you’re taking up too much space." David Nittmann, J. Paul Fennell

‎"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." -Jack London
 
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I have writings on my walls all over the place. Here are just a few of them:

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong" - Joseph Chilton Pearce

“If you only look to other woodturners for inspiration, your possible outcomes are limited. If you look around your world at all objects, there​
are unending possibilities for inspiration.” Beth Ireland

“…developing a signature work is what happens when you focus. If you force it, it'll look forced. Don't rush it, just make lots of what you like to make and some day you'll say "that's my signature". Too many new turners are in too much of a hurry to be "there" before they get there….”
Cindy Drozda.

If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got. Have we learned anything? Dave Fritz.

"If you hear that little voice in your head saying, that's good enough. It probably isn't." Wally Dickerman
"If you’re not out there on the edge, you’re taking up too much space." David Nittmann, J. Paul Fennell

‎"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." -Jack London

Some of those are really, really good, Donna.

The level of work you do, shows very plainly that the quotes that inspire you, are not just nice quotes......they are taken seriously! :)

If these are only a few of your "writings on the wall", maybe you should give us a few more!

-----odie-----
 
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We never have enough time to do it right but we always have enough time to do it twice.
Good judgement comes from experience.
Experience comes from bad judgement.
 
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My father was a Will Roger's Fan, I visited home this weekend and copied this from one of the papers above his workbench. I herd these many times growing up.

From Will Rogers:
1) Never miss a good chance to shut up.

2) If you find yourself in a hole,
stop digging.

3) The quickest way to double your money
is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.

4) There are three kinds of men:
The ones that learn by reading.
The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to touch an electric fence.

5) Good judgment comes from experience,
and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

6) Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects.

7) Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back.

8) Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

9) Never let yesterday use up too much of today

10) There are two theories to arguing with women….neither work. (See advise #1 :) )
 
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From an interview with an old New Hampshire boatbuilder, Bud McIntosh,

"About the only thing you can say about an oldtimer who has survived a miserable occupation like this is that you've learned the balance between how good it should be and what they'll pay for, and how good it has to be before you lose your reputation."
 

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