I have been asking myself why I love woodwork. Is it finishing projects quickly or is it the process itself? I do not have any need for production work – this is not an income stream for me (far from it actually!). So what is the benefit of tools and gadgets designed to speed up the process?
The feel of wood under my hand, seeing something take shape as I work, the discovery of what the wood wants to be, and the pure pleasure of doing something well – those are the things that keep me in the shop.
With that in mind, I am embarking on a project to convert to an all-hand-tools operation. It won’t be instantaneous, and it likely will not be without some serious backtracking and detours. And I may decide at some point to drive off the road entirely, but I will not know until I try.
My planned approach:
- Go slow. Take my time completing projects, practice techniques before using them in a project, start simple, buy tools as I need them. Relax!
- Don’t compromise. Only start projects I am excited about. Get the right wood for the project. Do it over if I am not pleased with the results. Be proud of my work.
- Be happy. Stop working on something if I am frustrated – sometimes a little break is all it needs. If I am tired or cold or hot, let the work sit. There is no deadline or requirement that I work 2 hours every night. Life is full of too many other stressful things – woodworking does not have to be on that list. Have fun.
So this is going to be the place where I keep a log book of this journey. In six months I may read this and think what a fool I was. Or I may smile and remember the enthusiasm that started me down a new road. In any case, I will be a different person in six months and I won’t know until then who that person is going to be.
So, I am off to try something new.
-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.