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Karl Pilkington from "An Idiot Abroad" once said: "Moths are annoying, If you're going to be blind don't have wings".


I think that sort of applies to doubter spectators.


Whenever I read a post asking for suggestions on what to make for sale I think of this one; 


Henry Ford: "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses."

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I don't much enjoy getting burnt, and a safety one I always keep in mind is this one:

All that glitters is not gold; all that's black is NOT COLD!

(It's not original; I read it somewhere. True though - we tend not to burn ourselves on red hot steel, always the black stuff!)

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Some of my teaching sayings:

"Hit it where it's hot; not where its not!"  

"Don't take a piece out of the fire until the anvil is clear and your hammer is to hand"

"Don't waste heat!"

"Think with your piece in the fire"

"Talking while cranking the blower will get you more pieces in the fire than you put there!"

"Any hammer in a storm!"  (I have my favorite hammers; but when I teach they sometimes wander away from the anvil and so I will grab any hammer so as to not waste a heat---also shows the students that it's not the hammer---its the skill!)

"Take your piece out of the forge if you are going to wander off and do something else"


And one that was given me when I was learning to do billet welding 30 years ago:  "Don't look at it, *HIT* *IT*!"

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Common sense is like deodorant.  The people who need it most, never use it. - anonymous


"Any community that gets its laughs by pretending to be idiots will eventually be flooded by actual idiots who mistakenly believe that they're in good company." - Rene Descartes


"Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors" - Ernest Hemingway


"The problem isn't that there are too many fools in the world...  it's that lightning isn't distributed right" - Mark Twain.

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I often offer to hot shoe hecklers!
I tell them it's the last set of shoes they'll ever need; cause they wear like iron!
If they ask me if it will hurt I tell them "No; I've got industrial hearing protectors *and* earplugs, won't hurt me at all!"


Thomas Powers

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