Humility and Ignorance

One of the lessons that every woodworking teacher must learn is humility. Being more knowledgeable than a new student doesn’t mean that you’re smarter [that’s certain] or more skilled. It means simply that you’ve put in more time. You have made more mistakes and after repeating them enough times you do learn to avoid them. But then you forge on to make new ones.

If you, as a teacher, forget that everyone starts from a place of ignorance then each question is irksome to you. Don’t forget. Remember how it was when you started. When I began, my test for strength in a piece I built was to get up and jump up and down on it with my boots on. I was never one for fine tuned metrics.

If it survived, I felt good enough to press on. In ignorance. There is much to learn still. Stay humble.


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2 Responses to Humility and Ignorance

  1. paul6000000 says:

    Peter Follansbee had a great line in one of his recent Woodwright Shop appearances; something like, “Foresight comes form experience. Experience comes from lack of foresight.”

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