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First person with a forum member.
Well not exactly first person but I got to chat on the phone with Jerry (Teach). What a top notch and knowledgeable guy. He straightened me out on more than a few smithing questions I had about my current project in chambering a 17 rimfire that I was planning on a 100% custom build. The man has knowledge that I can't even come close to with my basic machining of rocketry nozzles and parts. The arts of a dying trade that I'm eager to learn and he was patient enough to teach me over the phone. So thank you Jerry for the phone conversation this evening. Much abliged. I'll be heeding the advice you passed to me.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and politician
Thomas Edison said, "I have not failed 9,999 times. I have found 9,999 ways that didn't work."
If you see a failure as nothing more that a lack of success, then you aren't paying attention. The failure teaches you what won't work, what went wrong, and should give you some ideas on how to make it work right the next attempt. I've got a lot of stuff in the scrap metal pile in the shop that are failed attempts, and learned from every single one of them. Failures are only failures if you give up after the first couple of tries. :up:
Learning to sketch out your ideas on paper, and refine them on paper before making the first chip or cut is a good skill to learn. Saves some time and frustration in the shop! So are the skills of watching, listening, and asking questions; they ARE skills if used properly. I never have learned much when I was talking! :roll2:
― Douglas Adams