Woodworkers must take a natural material and cut and shape it to best effect. To this end, the woodworker must appreciate that woodworking is an equal partnership, a coming together of tools, techniques and wood. Its no good trying to work wood with a dull tool, or to plane against the grain, or to run a chisel into end grain or in any way bully the wood into shape. The success of each and every procedure and technique hinges on the woodworker's understanding of how the inherent natural properties of the wood -its hardness, toughness, elasticity, durability and so on - can be used to best effect.
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