I had a visit today from a fellow member of the woodworkingmasterclasses forum that I had invited. I wanted to compare techniques, talk about projects and just generally put a face to one of the names I see on the internet.
We compared techniques on sharpening plane irons. This is something I struggle with as I don’t have a way to compare how well I can do this simple task. With cutting a straight line, it is obviously right or wrong. A warped board can be planed flat to a point where it doesn’t rock on the benchtop anymore. Sharpening though seems to be an elusive goal. I understand the science, but it takes also finesse to do correctly. So, having someone to come by and say that you’re doing it right is quite appreciated.
Also, sometimes it can be a bit isolating when you work on your own. I don’t see that woodworking is a group effort, usually one person plugging away. So, it was refreshing to have a different pair of eyes take a look at what I do and give suggestions.
Anyway, if you are reading this and are in the Chicago area: You’re welcome to stop by. If not, I suggest you meet up with others in your area and learn from each other.