My mother in law asked me a question yesterday that made me think. I was showing her my progress on my sisters wine cabinet. She was looking at it and said "Where did you learn to do this??" It kind of caught me off guard and my best answer was "from books and magazines".
The more I thought about it I realized that up to two years ago I had never really built anything furniture wise. For many years I have wanted to and knew I could. I have bought books, read, studied. Did some basic woodworking and fair amount of carpentry building our 3 homes. I did get serious about turning for year till we moved and I lost my shop for 7 years.
Now in the house 2 years and I have an (almost) fully equipped shop. I am building furniture for our house. And I have just taught myself from reading book and magazines.