|Forum topic by Maveric777||posted 1298 days ago||1531 views||0 times favorited||39 replies|
1298 days ago
I know this may sound really weird being posted up on a massive woodworking web site, but I am curious to see if anyone else is having this feeling. I am still very new around the saw dust so this may be a new kid on the block syndrome, but I just can’t help but feel that this common passion we all share of woodworking is on a slow death roll. I’m not talking tomorrow, next year, or even 10 years …. I am wondering how many of us will there be 20 years from now…. or 30?
Some of the reasoning is I am constantly asked “Why are you doing this?”..... I always find this to be an odd question. The only answer I can ever come up with is “I has become a passion”. I also find the majority of the folks who seem to enjoy my work are more mature people (trying not to say older folks…lol) or fellow woodworkers who knows personaly what all is involved. Maybe I am just being a tad sour, maybe I am looking to far into this, but I can’t help but feel most folks don’t really appreciate the work we do. Am I weird for feeling this way?
Well, last Saturday my bride and I where talking about woodworking & quilting. About how both skills are on the decline (again maybe we both are looking to far into this) and how it really is a bummer that not near as many new blood is coming in to pass along these skills.
I know this is a tad long winded just to ask if anyone else is getting this drift. Also to hopefully hear some words of encouragement that I am wrong. I truly want to be….
P.S. I also made a request to my wife Saturday after discussing this. I know I’m a little to young to be talking about kicking the bucket or what not (only in my mid 30’s), but made one request about my tools. They are not to be sold. They are to either be donated to some sort of school or to a young person who has the desire to carry on the torch. If anything …... I want to help preserve my passion….
-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.