Of all of the tips I posted this year, this one had the biggest impact on me personally. It made me re-think a lot of the ways that I work and made me more mindful of not being sloppy, cutting corners, and getting ahead of myself.
Scott of Essential Craftsman
shared this pearl of wisdom on an episode about using construction string
: “Details layer. The more accurate you can get in your details, even with something as mundane as how you tie your knot – it all accumulates to acceptable accuracy.” This is a maker’s truth. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately because I am the king of rushing, lazy work habits, and fudging the details. So, I know exactly what he means. I think understanding and applying this concept is the difference between a master craftsperson and an amateur. As I work, I don’t put tools back, I don’t stop and sharpen or change blades when I should, I don’t read instructions, I rush things and I try and skip doing things the way I know they should be done. Details layer, and before you know it, I am frustrated and the project is way off square (whether literally or figuratively). This weekend, I tried to be ever-mindful of this truth and I could see a difference in my work. I think I’m going to make a “Details Layer” sticker and hang it in my shop.