Creative work requires both precision and the ability to free-form within that precision. One woodcutter found that his writing muse, perhaps like his dedication to his woodcraft, could only be accessed by refusing to be linear. Rather than a beginning and then a middle and then an end, he chose to write in vignettes that illustrated episodes of importance. The necessary links to create a cohesive whole he put in later. Since the book is about woodworking he has also taken the wise measure to have two layers of readers to critique and review prior to the actual publishing. The first round goes to those with few finished projects. These newbies will ensure that what he says is legible and coherent and not overly heady. The second round goes to the technically proficient with many finished pieces to their credit. These readers will be on the lookout for substantive errors and technical problems that relate to correct woodworking procedure.
- Don has envisioned this manual for years. He has wanted to create it for a while but it needed to feel complete.
- He wanted this manual to be readable for everyone. While he is quite intelligent, he didn’t want the manual to be unreasonably challenging to digest.
- Don has been working with wood for years. From people asking him questions frequently and overcoming many obstacles, he feels like his manual can be helpful for many aspiring woodworkers.
“Woodworking is Don’s art and so making sure the love he puts into his craft is expressed properly in this manual is a top priority.”