The year that my book on workbenches came out I had a conversation with one of the editors of a competing magazine.
“Nice work,” he said about the book. “I guess you’re done.”
I must have looked confused, distressed or constipated because he continued on with his explanation.
He said something like this: Most writers in any field – be it woodworking, haberdashery or animal husbandry – get only one really good idea during their lifetimes. The rest of their lives are spent re-casting that same idea and repeating it until no one else will listen.
I was horrified.
I thought I would have perhaps two ideas in my lifetime. One on woodworking. And one on dinosaurs.
It’s been four years since that conversation. And with “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” about to go to press, that little chat is weighing heavy on my mind.
— Christopher Schwarz