Robert Pollard, the singer and songwriter behind the band Guided by Voices did an interview in Esquire recently. Here’s a quote from him on song writing, but I think it could be applied to anything. Including knifemaking:

ESQ: What’d you learn about songwriting or life from making Blazing Gentlemen?

RP: That one should always be looking for a new way or process in approaching his or her art. A way to keep the juices flowing and keep it interesting. To avoid becoming static.”