Sometimes I wonder why homemade pie crust has a reputation for being so difficult to make. I'm often surprised to discover friends, who are otherwise proficient in the kitchen, continue to shy away from the process and dismiss any recipe involving a homemade crust outright.
I'd wager that much of the problem is rooted in the excess of admonitions advising against potential missteps. Truth be told, it's actually a rather simple process and has less to do with skill than a certain (small) degree of patience. In a nutshell, if you can keep the butter cold and resist the urge to overwork the dough (which really has more to do with doing less), then it ought to be a relatively painless process.