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#1 posted 05-16-2017 09:10 PM

Like rwe, I dont believe an inperson school is worth the expense. I too have gotten great value from “YTU” (youtube univ). For flatwork hand tools Paul Sellers is hard to beat. I may attend a school some day but it will be intnded more like a vacation experience/gift to myself vs improvement. Good videos allow you to watch something again and again to pick up the little things and serve as future reference. I just think of all the tools or lumber or serving my other hobbies that kinda coin buys.

Different hobby but same concept. 20 yrs ago I went to Kieth Code’s Superbike School. I had read his books before I went. All of the material presented at the school came from the books – I didn’t learn anything new from the instruction. The value was in getting on a track and practicing the techniques. I haven’t been back to a school, but I do track days to continually hone technique.

I guess if someone has trouble translating books or videos into actionable items to practice or adjustments to make, maybe there is value in a ww school – but possibly the school/subject isn’t ww or motorcycle riding, it’s learning how to learn something new. It is a process unto itself.

I will admit I have been tempted to go to Bill Kappel’s school for building Maloof style rockers, especially when he cut the prices. If it were closer I would have.

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