Well today i got to thinking after a discussion with a friend of mine.
There were two parts to this thought.
a) On the assumption that one element of forum participation is to learn about our craft one can extrapolate that their is therefore a desire on the part of many of us to improve on our abilities.
b) If we have the desire to improve on our abilities in woodworking what about improve our abilities in other areas.
Bill Satko and i have chatted offline about the issue of woodworking classes hosted by expert woodworkers say like Garret Hack, and company my question is would you invest your hard earned loot in this kind of weekend warrior course to improve or not.
Then have you ever given thought or invested in similar kinds of things but not neccessary in the field of woodworking and not neccessary a class.
Thinking here about elements such as motivational talks or books that are committed to audio files to make them easy to listen to at suitable times.
There are many of these self improvement courses out there.
So have you ever parted with some loot for any of these.
Also if you got value from a woodworkers course and have not ever invested in one of the more personal improvement courses what do you see as the obstacle stopping you outside of $$
My thought is in some cases i think its pointless being taught some new method or technique if your fundamental approach and attitude needs adjustment to be able to derive the benefit of the class, what do you say.
Last part is Woodworking in America is coming to Cincinnati in November this year. Given the long range heads up I did some checking and the three day "conference" costs around $400 or thereabouts.
Seems to me it would make a great central point for a FWW meeting and learning session. I been tossing about the merits of this event and wonder if anyone that has been to one could comment on what they came away with outside of the fun and meeting woodworkers and participation.