Wendell Castle’s Rules

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Wendell Castle is an artist and sculptor known for his ‘furniture as art’.

On the wall of his studio/workshop is the original art for a print he made called “My 10 adopted rules of thumb.”

  1.  If you are in love with an idea you are no judge of its beauty or value.
  2.  It is difficult to see the whole picture when you are inside the frame.
  3.  After learning the tricks of the trade don’t think you know the trade.
  4. We hear and apprehend what we already know.
  5. The dog that stays on the porch will find no bones.
  6. Never state the problem to yourself in the same terms it was brought to you.
  7. If it’s offbeat or surprising it’s probably useful.
  8. If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it.
  9. Don’t get too serious.
  10. If you hit the bull’s eye every time the target is too near.

 

The complete interview is on the Popular Woodworking website.

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