We have all heard that practice makes perfect... well it just isn't true. If you are practicing something incorrectly, you can get really good at doing something incorrectly. You can excel at it. You can be the best person in the world at doing something wrong. And hey, who knows, you may wind up finding an entire clientele that likes your brand of perfect failure. But that isn't the point. The point is, that practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.
When I started wrestling in high school we were taught to do certain moves. My coach was a former team captain at UCLA (when they still had a wrestling team) and placed in the collegiate nationals. He taught us the right way to do things. And if we practiced doing the moves the correct way, over and over, no matter how tired we were, no matter how bored we were, we became very good at that move. In fact, if we practiced it perfectly, it became very difficult for us to do it wrong.
What does this have to do with pipes? and specifically my pipes? Well, I am going to be practicing making a couple of shapes and really working on perfecting my technique. It is my desire to do the pipe making equivalent of Michael Jordan not leaving the court until he sinks a thousand jump shots. Of course I am not Michael Jordan, nor do I get paid to practice making pipes all day. But I am dedicating the next few months to perfecting my technique.
This will be a life long journey I am sure, but I am going to dedicate myself to becoming the best that I can possibly be.
Thanks so much to Jeff Gracik, Cornelius Maenz, Grant Batson Tyler Beard and so many others for the inspiration.