To begin, I think this little corner of the TB world (Luthiers) is one of the best this site has to offer. Aside from the help given by the occasional top pro, this resource benefits greatly from the contributions of the small builders like SK, FBB, Kahuna, JP, and the host of others that frequent here. The funny thing though is that this forum hasn't turned out to be what Paul envisioned IMO. I think that he was expecting much more participation by the top pros and that was to be the draw for the section. Of course, it is perfectly understandable that busy builders with larger operations are not going to have the time to offer to us here like we would enjoy. And my hats off to those that do make the time to visit especially Ken Smith, who seems to be the most consistent. Gosh, if we handpicked a top pro to visit this forum, we wouldn't find anyone with a better reputation. In the absence of the masters, I really like how the forum thrives on the input of the small guys. And, in a way, I think this makes us a better resource for information that is likely to be useful to our readers. The things we talk about are exactly the things that we small builders and serious hobbyists have questions about. Our scale of operations sort of link us together. Where a pro might walk over to one of 3 spindle sanders to make a contour, we trade ideas on how to make the same contour with a handheld grinder. A Ken Smith or a Heiko Hopfinger could pull together the proper woods for a stunning bass - and probably do it blindfolded while we ask questions like "Just what the hell IS Acacia?" It's just an example but you get my drift I hope. We help each other on our own level and we have enough talent and experience to get, not only different opinions, but good reliable information. To that end, I want to propose a new feature to be added here in Luthiers. I want to post a sticky that contains a series of shop tips and tricks as a reference for everyone here to see. The model for my idea is a series of books I got way back when I ran my own design studio. It was called "Studio tips for Graphic Artists". It was the cleverest book I'd read. It was a compilation of the neatest, most obsure little tricks to accomplish all sorts of things on the drawing table. Need to know how to draw a circle through 3 known points? How do you draw an ellipse with out a template? It had all of this stuff and since this was before the major takeover of graphic design by computers, this info was invaluable. So I want to do the same thing here in Luthiers. What I envision is a thread where each post is a seperate focused tip, trick, or explanation describing the little things that we've conjured to make our shop lives easier. There won't be discussion because I want to keep this limited to a concise resource. It will help put lots of info at the top for a quick reference and eventually, it will be large enough to be an incredible, downloadable resource for all of us. Subjects could be anything but I want to keep the posts in a consistent format for doing an easy search. That would include making sure that key words are used in the titles like "Selecting Neck Wood" rather than something generic like "Wood". Eventually, we'll have a one-stop resource that will prove valuable, even to the more experienced TB'er So what do you think?