I criticized a carpenter working for me recently for using dull tools. He excused himself by saying that he had been too busy to sharpen them. He had been working for weeks with a dull saw, and with a plane which had notches in it, leaving ugly ridges on the boards he was planing.
He had probably wasted more time in working with dull tools than would have been required to sharpen them several times, to say nothing of the inferior work he was turning out.
There are multitudes of people who never do good work because they never prepare for it, never put themselves in a position to do good work—they never sharpened their tools; never trained themselves for it, and they go through life botching their jobs…
Orison Swett Marden
North Judson News – December 24, 1914
4 thoughts on “Too Busy to Sharpen”
Dull tools? No, dull minds.
Roger that. Though it always feels a little…not right? to take out a Norton combination stone and start honing the block plane iron on the job site. And, frankly, coming home after a long day to sharpen tools isn’t exactly a sweet siren’s song. That said, working with dull tools is the worst. Is there a way to categorize sharpening as a tax deduction?
That picture would make an incredible poster or print.
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