You could learn a lot in a place like this.
Having spent some time in professional cabinet shops, I knew what he was talking about. You don't dawdle in a cabinet shop. You keep moving, keep working, mentally and physically. It's business. You're there to make a living! There's no time for reflection, curiousity, amusement. There were shops where you were not allowed to sit down and if you happened to do so (and it wasn't lunchtime) you were fired on the spot.
But what's appropriate in one circumstance is silly in another. I couldn't help thinking that his exhortations were misguided. Why would you want to work like that in your own shop? What would be the point? So you could deliver that spice rack to your wife quicker? Fashion that toy truck for your son faster? Are you really that pressed for time? Is that the best way to spend it?
Not for me.Dawdling, as far as I'm concerned, has considerable merit. Lounging and relaxing and meditating on the vagaries of wood and craft are all perfectly reasonable pursuits meriting serious attention. And, it's easy. Just find some odd little non-productive, enjoyable things to do. Then do them.
That's not to say you should never be productive. But don't overestimate it. You don't want to get crushed by all those things you make...
There's this chisel I have. It was made by a famous Japanese blacksmith (now deceased) in Kaku-uchi (box) style. I think it's beautiful.
Anyway, I sharpen it quite frequently. Always try to do the best job I can. When I'm done it kind of glows...but I'm not really sure how sharp it is.
Sharp enough, I guess.
This is done every two weeks or so, and it takes 15-20 minutes (or more, depends on how much concentrated dawdling I want to get in) each time.
You might ask why it's done on a schedule. Shouldn't it be sharpened when it's dull? Very astute observation. And you're right. Usually, I don't sharpen chisels until they're dull. But this one is never dull. Because I never use it.
Explaining why I don't use it would be an exercise in futility.
Let's just say "It's symbolic." But you might insist. "Why spend so much time sharpening a chisel you never use?" And I would reply... Because it's Time, well spent.