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Will Simpson
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Lives in Moscow, ID
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You use the Sharpton Glass stones? Tell about the lapping plate. 

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Over and over. Making and remaking. Again and again. This how we develop skill. Thinking of spoons. But same applies to every endeavor. 
Making is a way of working that has three parts. They are working within the boundaries of your community, the limitations of our resources and to the best of your momentary skill. These are three constraints that both limit and make possible making and learning. First, your community is made up of cultural and biological factors, people relations and social connections. Here you find both support and resistance. People know you as y...
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Newest completed project. A bench for the porch at my shop. Learning to weld and combine wood and metal. Also learning about the importance of finishing a project and setting a date for shipping. As Seth Godin said, if a project can't pass the simple test of having a shipping date, then it isn't a project. 
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2014/05/set-a-date.html
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Some thoughts on my bad habit of using money as a scoring system. Why am I keeping score? 
Today is the day after my first Farmers Market. I’m tired and refection on the day. Distracted, I read through my RSS reader and two posts really spoke to me as I considered my day. First was a post by Seth Godin about the rewards of ‘playing the short game’ (immediate) and 'playing the long game” (delayed). He talks about a third way the “infinite game”. A way of operating in the world where the rewards (sales) are not important at all...
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Many projects underway. Thinking about materials and how working with them enlivens.
I’m deeply connected with the process of making. The smells and textures of the materials as I work with them and the rhythm of the work is soothing. Using the body to move through space in concert with materials is so satisfying and connecting that one becomes ethereally present in the moment. Flow. This is how I develop my story. My story made real through making.  Making provides the opportunity to learn something new everyday. Ma...
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This little guy was in the trail today. Sunning himself. Me and my sweety Mary strolled hand in hand on the first part of the Troy/Kendrick of the Latah Trail. Beautiful day. I'm so thankful. Saw a few woolly caterpillars and the snow berries were plentiful. Mary predicts an abundant snow fall this winter.
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Production = bringing stuff into being that wasn't there before.
What are your thoughts on mistakes of co-mission and mistakes of omission? 
Production of breadboards for the Farmers Market Production of metal material rack and bird feeder bracket.  Thinking some more about mistakes. Mistakes of co-mission and mistakes of omission. Examples of mistakes of co-mission are, cutting to wrong side of a line, not sanding all the marks out of board, miss measuring, drilling too large of hole, planing a board in the wrong direction. Examples of mistakes of omission are, forgetti...
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Catherine, thank you for the kindle books. Please email me at will@kestrelcreek.com and we can talk about your rakusu ring and where I should ship it to.  
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More musings on making. Giving my hand a rest after a binge of carving. Check out the bell and hanger I made.
Perfect is the enemy of good enough. I’ve being thinking about work. Not my old job as Director of Radiology but the work it takes to follow through with self made commitments and projects. For example I’ve committed to learning how to weld and Bill Twigg has taken me under his wing and with his supervision I’m in the process. Bill has a rather loose style of mentoring and I’m super thankful for his effort and sharing. I struggle repa...
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Just a maker making things. 
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Developing a close connection with the finishing part of woodworking is so important. I'm realizing it more and more. Thanks for the encouragement and sharing of your thought process in choosing a finish. Different finishes have different functions and provide different connections. I make a bunch of epicurean kitchen tools and food safe is so important. Love your videos.

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I never thought of heating Tired and True finish. Makes sense as it is so thick. Lovely video and sheet music box.
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Wood Worker - Zen Practioner
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Moscow, ID
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San Jose, CA - Calgary, AB - Bend, OR - Milpitas, CA - Klamath Falls, OR
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Moved to Idaho for a job and stayed for love. Zen, Woodworking and Photography are my passions.
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  • OIT
    Medial Imaging
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