Good Shop Practice #1: Slow Down

The mode of our world is haste and chaos. In your workshop, proceed with deliberate care, especially when you are learning. With time, an easy swiftness will develop naturally, but trying to work too fast will lead to error, frustration, and broken parts. Be aware and think about each nut you remove, where you put things down, each unique configuration of parts. Measure your steps. For each operation you do to your machine, take a second to put yourself in the right position to reach, see, and get the right grip and leverage. This thoughtful pace will increase your enjoyment of your time in the shop and help create a separation between the shop and the outside world of mindless hurrying.

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