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Bueller, Bueller…


Once upon a time I received quite a few comments on my blog posts. Some of those comments were actually posted on the blog, and quite a few were sent to my personal email (just to set the record straight, the hate mail to “fan” mail ratio was about 50/50). In fact, I received enough of those emails to warrant creating an email (gmail) address specifically for the blog posts. Strangely enough, once I did that, I received far fewer blog related emails..go figure.

Anyway, I received my first blog related email in quite a while, more than a year, asking the same questions I’ve been asked many times before: “Where are my fun posts?” “Where are my rants?” “Where have my fringe, op-ed pieces gone?”

I haven’t answered this persons email directly as of yet, but the answer I give him (or her) will be the same I’ve given before: It’s not worth it.

Some time ago I came to the conclusion that the world of woodworking is simply not worthy of my time and my opinions. I could go on a long diatribe explaining my reasons, but instead I’m going to break it down to this most simple phrase; Woodworking is dull.

Let’s face it; woodworking magazines, videos, books, and blogs (sorry) are or have become really boring, very bland, and more often than not, they suck. (Once again, sorry). At one time I liked to think of myself as a counter point to the boredom, but now I just don’t care enough anymore to bother.

So the last two paragraphs are going to be copied and pasted and given as my response to the email. I will continue to post on the occasional project or tool restoration, but my days of ranting are over. I don’t want to be lumped in with a group of boorish, pseudo-intellectual geeks anyhow (referring to trees by their Latin genus? C’mon)



  1. Quercus Robur says:

    By some coincidence, at some point of time I stopped participating / reading posts on forums (all kinds of forums, not only woodworking) for 2 or 3 whole years. The trigger was probably the birth of my first son, combined with major work-related changes. After a few years I came back to some of the forums, but the passionate need to argue was not there anymore. What a waste of time and energy, countless hours down the drain. Free at last 🙂
    One thing that happened in the meantime is that a vast amount of knowledge was being perpetuated in articles, blog archives, and numerous YouTube channels. The answers and the thoughtful opinions are all there. No need to post any questions anywhere. Just take your time to read, read, read and sift.

    • billlattpa says:

      I’ve avoided most forums and blogs for several years now. I will go on the PW web page on occasion, and I did check out a few forums when I was researching finish for my last project. But in general, I’ve stopped reading magazines and most blogs. I’ve found the information either boring, redundant, or tinged with a phony philosophy that should bother anybody with half a brain and the ability to reason.

      As you’ve implied, there is nothing new under the sun, and all of the information needed is out there already, and has been for a long, long time. There’s no need to subject ourselves to pseudo-intellectualism when real knowledge untainted by pretense is already available for the taking.

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