Value Driven Work

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To be a carpenter, or in the least to see wood as a medium for expression, is to be moral- someone concerned with right and wrong. There is a constant toggling back and forth- between right and wrong.

Something seemingly so easy as making a saw cut requires attention to which side of the line you are cutting and maintaining accuracy along that line. But lets say you are making a miter cut, an angled cut on the face of the wood, and you place the cut board in relation to the joint your are making and the two boards line up in a way that is unsightly.

A choice has to be made: either you let it go, or you take your speed square and mark an adjustment with your pencil and cut that slight part of the wood away that keeps your joint from aligning.

There is this constant attention as to what will be the final appearance of your woodwork.

But lets back up more and say you are framing out a box that will be the framing for a deck.

You’ve check the corners using the 3-4-5 method- meaning you took the time to ensure that your box is square. There is another variable that pertains to the unpredictability of wood. Any given length of wood is bound to be unstaight. To check this, one has to run a string line from one end of the board to the other.

There are times where you have to let something go. In the beginning, you think everything has to be perfect. But if you are not careful, the pure pursuit of perfection can hamper you. I have a saying better imperfect and done than perfect and not done. It’s much like when you take a test, and one question boggles you enough that you are ready to invest your full mental effort towards solving that one question at the expense of moving forward and answering other questions.

Most things that bother you while building get washed out in the beauty of the overall construction of the thing you are building. When you are going towards something at hand that has been worked out in your head prior to starting, you begin an exchange that you care about and the inverse of caring is Quailty itself.





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