This post has been inspired by an email I received today from a student who asked should they continue to subscribe as they have made all the notes they need. I believe this statement is link to the phenomenon created by video sharing websites like YouTube and Instagram. We see something, we watch it and rewatch to gain the knowledge of how it is done, but if we never actually do it, do we really know how it’s done? I say, without putting it into action and gaining the experience our knowledge is only superficial. Making this video series has made it easier for you to learn the skills it took me seven years to accumulate and master. Don’t underestimate how long it will take you to do the same. When I returned to Ireland I joined the local football team (Gaelic football), I had passed the Army Reserve fitness test and felt good, fitter than I had ever been in my life. I knew the theory behind the game, kick pass, fist pass, drop kick, block etc. Every training night was like being taught in a classroom, no one on one training just instructions to the masses. My skills slowly improved but I didn’t have the time and commitment needed to truly prefect the skills I had the knowing of. The skills never passed from my head to my hands. I never made it off the bench. I am not so old that I have forgotten the arrogance of my youth, the confidence I had in what I knew and the total mystery of what I didn’t. There’s a certain blind pride to ones own work, a failure to look at it critically and understand how to make it better. You are at the start of your journey, one that will have its peaks and it’s troughs. Making one coat doesn’t make you a coat maker, making a coat and not having to think about it does. As a teacher when I would enter a classroom I could tell how much work was actually being done. If their lips were moving their hands weren’t. It wasn’t until I had finished my apprenticeship that I could hold a conversation and still get my work done that I was really confident that I knew what I was doing. Today I will make a coat and I will most likely watch a movie when I am doing it. By the end of the coat I will still be able to give a summary of the film I watched because the knowledge and experience of tailoring has passed from my head and into my hands. Doing something without thinking about it, is true knowledge.