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Nothing new?

There is an old expression that "there is nothing new under the sun". This suggests that we are simply reinventing or rediscovering things that have already been done.

We could argue this forever, but the other day I was saw my grandson stand for the first time in front of one of those clothing store mirrored enclosures, whirling around in delight at the infinity effect, seeing a thousand reflections of himself from every angle and trying to interact with them.

I realized, watching him, that it really does not matter at all that a billion kids before him have experienced this. For him, it was a new and joyful event, a discovery with every bit of the value it had for the first kid to ever see a thousand reflections of himself.

What does this have to do with woodworking and running a shop? Think about it …


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