I’m a musician with a day job, programming for a bank processing service. I play music because I have to.
So what brings me to a woodworking group? Several years ago I joined the SCA, a medeival historic recreation group, and got involved in several woodworking projects, repairing old tables with new wood tops, building tent poles, making 6 panel boxes. I started off using other people’s tools, had the prerequisite drill-more-often-used-as-a-screwdriver, and a cheap jig saw. Started helping in other projects, bought more tools, and like most other things, it grew over time.
I’ve wondered why I’ve taken up two hobbies (three if you include cooking) that take up so much time, energy, and effort. All of them require practice to keep skills available and to build new skills. In the end, woodworking leaves behind proof of my skills for a longer period of time, something that neither music nor cooking do. In the end, I simply enjoy the challenge of working from designs, or trying to deconstruct a thing and create my own.
I don’t pretend to be capable of more than basic carpentry right now, and the end results are not always consistent. The more I read, the more I understand that this is true for many who either do this for a living or take it up as a hobby. It’s encouraging.
So. I’ll go outside now and finish my camp chair project. I’m interested in taking pictures of my work area and a few projects I’ve already finished, if nothing else than for constructive criticism.
-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery