Wendell Castle's 10 Rules of Thumb

Last week I had the privilege of spending a few days at furniture artist Wendell Castle's studio in upstate NY. Castle whose career has spanned an astonishing five decades is a groundbreaking pioneer in blurring and breaking the boundaries between art and craft.

It's enough that he's a genius , but I was further inspired by his thoughtful, soft-spoken demeanor not to mention great personal style. How has he stayed focused and at the top of his game for so long?

Here are 10 of his "Adopted Rules of Thumb"...

1. If you are in love with an idea, you are no judge of its beauty or value.

2. It is difficult to see the whole picture when you are inside the frame.

3. After learning the tricks of the trade, don't think you know the trade.

4. We hear and apprehend what we already know.

5. The dog that stays on the porch will find no bones.

6. Never state a problem to yourself in the same terms it was brought to you.

7. If it's offbeat or surprising, it's probably useful.

8. If you don't expect the unexpected, you will not find it.

9. Don't get too serious.

10. If you hit the bullseye everytime, the target is too near.