I’d have to say a lot of the joy i get out of woodworking comes before i ever pick up a tool or a piece of wood. I’m speaking about the time when a project is born in the mind. When i can ponder it, manipulate it, envision it, add to it, take away from it, and generally just get my mind buzzing with excitement about what i want to create.
To see a project you like and wish to have exact blueprints for it seems foreign to me. Sure i get ideas from what others have made. I just don’t want to make an exact copy of it. I would almost feel disrespectful toward the person that created it in the first place. Plus i don’t get the fun of adding my own unique perceptions and personality into the thing i’m making.
Maybe its that “different strokes for different folks” deal. I’ll just go out on a limb and say you don’t know half the joy of woodworking until you find a way to express YOURSELF with it!
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