Woodworking Quotes

Quotes for Woodworkers

Man is a tool-using Animal. Nowhere do you find him without tools; without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.                                                    - Thomas Carlyle

The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.                                                    - Tony Konovaloff

Why should a craftsman not make use of all his tools if they will promote a greater communication and expressiveness? This is not to deny that beautiful things can be fashioned out of very modest means, but what possible objection can there be towards an artist trying to be more resourceful?                                                    - Don Ellis

I will not give away my hard-earned skills to a machine. It's a bit like robbery with violence, for (machines are) not only intended to diminish my bank balance, but also to steal my power.                                                    -John Brown

Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.                                                    -Charles Kingsley

Edged tools are dangerous things to handle, and not infrequently do much hurt.                                                    -Agnes Repplier

Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!                                                    -Walter Blodget

Men have become the tools of their tools.                                                    -Henry David Thoreau
Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up.                                                    -Brigham Young

It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.                                                    -Emily Dickinson

He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail.
To the man who only has a hammer in the toolkit, every problem looks like a nail.                                                    -Abraham Maslow

The only really good place to buy lumber is at a store where the lumber has already been cut and attached together in the form of furniture, finished, and put inside boxes.                                                    -Dave Barry

Arguments with furniture are rarely productive.                                                    -Kehlog Albran

We need objects to remind us of the commitments we've made. That carpet from Morocco reminds us of the impulsive, freedom-loving side of ourselves we're in danger of losing touch with. Beautiful furniture gives us something to live up to. All designed objects are propaganda for a way of life.                                                    -Alain de Botto

In the next century, when art will be packaged as virtual reality software, realistic paintings will sell the way Shaker furniture does now. Shaker furniture will sell the way Van Gogh paintings do. And teddy bears owned by Elvis will come to auction only occasionally.                                                    -Brad Holland

Haven't you felt a peculiar sort of worry about the chair in your living room that no one sits in?                                                    -Nicholson Baker

There's a little vanity chair that Charlie gave me the first Christmas we knew each other. I'll not be parting with that, nor our bed-the four-poster-I'll be needing that to die in.                                                    -Helen Hayes

If man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.                                                   &nbsp-Ralph Waldo Emerson