I am not sure exactly how the following fits into this thread, but it seems appropriate somehow?
Years ago, when I did a lot more fishing that I do now, I read something along the following:
When we are young boys, we go fishing and we typically fish for panfish, bluegills, rock bass and the like. We were happy when we caught them. As we got older, we started fishing for "game" fish. Walleye, bass, and the like. It became important to us how big they were, etc. When we get to our more senior years, we are happy to go fishing for panfishing again, it just makes us happy to be fishing.
I think woodworking is a lot like that. When a lot of us started, we would work with the lumber from lumberyards, construction pine, maybe some finished boards, and we would be happy to make something from it. Then as we got more "skilled" we got into the mode of working with the hardwoods, exotics, etc. Probably got a little snobby in the process, too. But what I notice is that a lot of older woodworkers really enjoy working with that lumberyard wood and can make some really nice stuff out of it.
To be sure, I do like working with the hardwoods, but I no longer think that only "worthy" projects are made out of hardwood. There is a time and place for every type of wood.
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