Amazing to me how timeless this passage, reblogged from the lost art blog, is. In modern shops, these maxims still hold true to this day. Even as I started my woodworking career decades ago, every one of these observations were as true then, and today, as I suspect they were back in the “olden days”. Must read for aspiring professional woodworkers.
Do not let artisans discourage you from learning this or that trade because they have not made a success of it. They may tell you that a certain trade is overcrowded. Investigate a little and you will find that only the botch workman and chronic kickers are out of work. The cheerful, enthusiastic workman is idle only when misfortune overtakes the whole country.
We have here hundreds of mechanics who have no real heart in their work, and no sort of interest in the welfare of their employers. To be discharged is considered no disgrace, and to be in debt is no cause for worry. They work while the eye of a boss is upon them, and kill time when it is not. They growl at the workingman’s condition, but are solely responsible that they are not better off.
You will find them in one shop this week and in…
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