The Wit and Wisdom of Wendell Castle

5 10 2009

Wendell Castle

Wendell Castle is a furniture artist from upstate New York with a career spanning 5 decades. I learned about him by following a “tweet” to this blog…http://emilyevanseerdmans.blogspot.com/2009/08/wendell-castles-10-rules-of-thumb.html

I found his Rules of Thumb to be quite informative and entertaining…

Here are 10 of his “Adopted Rules of Thumb”…

1. If you are in love with an idea, you are no judge of its beauty or value.

2. It is difficult to see the whole picture when you are inside the frame.

3. After learning the tricks of the trade, don’t think you know the trade.

4. We hear and apprehend what we already know.

5. The dog that stays on the porch will find no bones.

6. Never state a problem to yourself in the same terms it was brought to you.

7. If it’s offbeat or surprising, it’s probably useful.

8. If you don’t expect the unexpected, you will not find it.

9. Don’t get too serious.

10. If you hit the bullseye everytime, the target is too near.

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3 responses

5 10 2009
Gerrie

Thank you! These are fantastic.

12 10 2009
Kimberly

I love, love, love these. Especially #5. I feel just like that dog…bounding off the porch for the first time. Gonna find me lots of bones!

24 10 2009
kathy

Check out this guy’s work…he makes very unusual furniture items.

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